Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 56.9 million and U.S. is heading for 200,000 cases a day

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 56.9 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.36 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 11.7 million and highest death toll at 252,564, or more than a fifth of the global total. The U.S. counted 187,396 new cases on Thursday, and at least 1,962 people died, according to a New York Times tracker. In the last week, the U.S. has averaged 166,267 cases a day, up 73% from the average two weeks ago and cases are rising in 50 states and territories. There are currently a record of 80,698 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals, according to the COVID Tracking Project, topping the previous record of 79,410 set a day ago.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 168,061 and is third by cases at 5.9 million. India is second in cases with 9 million, and third in deaths at 132,162. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 100,104 and 10th highest case tally at 1 million. The U.K has 53,870 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 1.5 million cases, or seventh highest in the world.
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