Coronavirus tally: U.S. tops 18 million COVID-19 cases, as daily streak of new-case declines is snapped

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The three-day streak of deceleration for new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations was snapped, with hospitalizations spiking to the 17th record this month. There were 201,723 new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. on Monday, up from 179,801 on Sunday, according to data provided by the New York Times. The death toll rose to 1,962 people on Monday from 1,422 on Sunday, the New York Times data show. Hospitalizations jumped by 1,750 in a day to a record 115,351 on Monday, the biggest one-day jump since the 2,265 one-day increase on Dec. 15, COVID Tracking Project data show. Overall, the U.S. has had 18,043,183 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning and 319,466 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, cases increased to 77,455,985 and deaths grew to 1,704,680. And while worries are growing over a new COVID-19 strain, vaccines continue to roll out in the U.S., with President-elect Joe Biden getting his shot during an on-camera event.
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