UPDATE: Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 82 million as U.K. authorizes third vaccine

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The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose above 82 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.79 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 19.5 million and the highest death toll at 338,656, or more than a fifth of the global total. The U.S. counted at least 200,902 new cases on Tuesday, and at least 3,626 people died, according to a New York Times tracker. In the last week, the U.S. has averaged 183,030 cases a day, down 13% from the average two weeks ago. There are currently a record 124,686 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals, according to the COVID Tracking Project, breaking the record set a day ago.
The U.K. government has granted emergency authorization to the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University, meaning it now has 3 vaccines at its disposal. The AstraZeneca vaccine has the advantage over the two others, one developed by Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech SE , and another one developed by Moderna Inc. , in that it does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 192,681 and is third by cases at 7.6 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 10.2 million, and third in deaths at 148,439. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 123,845 and 13th highest case tally at 1.4 million. Italy has 73,029 fatalities, the highest in Europe, and 2.1 million cases. The U.K. has 2.4 million cases, the most in Europe, and 71,675 deaths, second-highest in Europe and sixth highest in the world.
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