Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 63.9 million and U.S. death toll passes 270,000

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose above 63.9 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.48 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 13.7 million and the highest death toll at 270,691, or more than a fifth of the global total. The U.S. counted 183,831 new cases on Tuesday, and at least 2,604 people died, according to a New York Times tracker. In the last week, the U.S. has averaged 161,179 cases a day, up 2% from the average two weeks ago. There were a record 98,691 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Tuesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, topping Monday’s record of 96,053. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 173,817 and is third by cases at 6.4 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 9.49 million, and third in deaths at 138,122. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 106,765 and 11th highest case tally at 1.12 million. The U.K has 59,148 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 1.65 million cases, or seventh highest in the world. The U.K. government has become the first to issue an emergency use authorization for Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate and will start inoculating Britons next week.
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