Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 27.6 million, 898,269 deaths and U.S. nears 190,000 deaths

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 27.6 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 898,269. At least 18.6 million people have recovered. The U.S. has the highest tallies in the world with 6.3 million cases and 189,680 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 127,464 and 4.16 million cases. India is third with 73,890 deaths and 4.37 million cases. Mexico is fourth with 68,484 deaths and 642,860 cases. The U.K. has 41,675 deaths and 354,932 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world. Just hours after a group of drug company CEOs signed a pledge to make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals the top priority in developing the first COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca PLC was forced to pause its vaccine trial after a volunteer was hit with an unexplained illness.
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