Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 38.9 million, 1.09 million deaths and U.S. nears 8 million cases

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 38.9 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.09 million. There was disappointing news late Thursday from the Financial Times, which said a trial of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s COVID-19 treatment remdesivir had no impact on survival in patients with the coronavirus. Remdesivir, an antiviral, has received emergency use authorization in the U.S. based on clinical-trial data that showed it can reduce recovery times in severely ill COVID-19 patients. It has not been proven to reduce death in COVID-19 patients. The U.S. has the highest case total in the world at 7.98 million and deaths at 217,702.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 152,460 and is third by cases at 5.2 million. India is second in cases with 7.4 million, and third in deaths at 112,161. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 85,285 and ninth highest case tally at 834,910. The U.K has 43,383 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 676,455 cases.
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