Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 20.3 million, 741,737 deaths and U.S. death toll tops 164,000

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 20.3 million on Wednesday, with the death toll rising to 741,737, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has by far the most cases at 5.14 million, and COVID-19-related deaths at 164,537. Brazil is second with 3.06 million cases and 101,752 deaths. India is third measured by cases that rose to 2.3 million, followed by Russia with 900,745 and South Africa with 566,109. Mexico has 492,522 cases and 53,929 deaths, the third highest in the world. The U.K. has 313,402 cases and 46,611 fatalities, the highest in Europe and fourth highest in the world. China, where the illness was first reported late last year, has 89,020 cases, and 4,697 fatalitiesMarket Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.