Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 44.5 million, 1.17 million deaths and U.S. nears 228,000 fatalities

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 44.5 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 1.17 million. The U.S. has the highest case total at 8.9 million and deaths at 227,700. The U.S. counted more than 81,000 new cases on Wednesday, while President Donald Trump continues to tell supporters at his campaign rallies that the U.S. has rounded the corner on the virus. That’s after the White House issued a press release declaring that it had ended the virus, even as states continue to report record new infections.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 158,456 and is third by cases at 5.5 million. India is second in cases with 8.0 million, and third in deaths at 120,527. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 90,309 and ninth highest case tally at 906,863. The U.K has 45,765 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 945,378 cases.
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