Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 18.5 million and death toll climbs above 700,000

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 18.5 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, and the death toll rose to 701,027. At least 11.2 million people have recovered. The U.S. case tally climbed to 4.77 million and the death toll rose to 156,830. Brazil is second to the U.S. with 2.8 million cases and 95,819 deaths. India is third measured by cases at 1.9 million, followed by Russia with 864,948 and South Africa with 521,318. Mexico has 449,961 cases and 48,869 deaths, the third highest in the world. The U.K. has 307,256 cases and 46,295 fatalities, the highest in Europe and fourth highest in the world. China, where the illness was first reported late last year, has 88,206 cases, and 4,676 fatalities.|Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.