Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 33.6 million, 1.008 million deaths and Trump blames China for outbreak

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 33.6 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 1.008 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally at 7.2 million, and highest death toll at 205,998. In the first of three planned presidential debates, President Donald Trump blamed China for the outbreak, while rival Democrat Joe Biden slammed Trump’s handling of the crisis. “It is what it is because you are who you are,” Biden said, parotting the phrase Trump used in a recent Axios interview regarding the U.S. death toll. Brazil has the second-highest death toll at 142,921, but third-highest case tally at 4.8 million. India is second to the U.S. by case tally at 6.2 million, and has the third-highest death toll at 97,497. Mexico is fourth with 77,163 deaths and seventh with 738,163 cases. The U.K. has 42,162 deaths and 448,734 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world.
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