Coronavirus tally: Global cases climb to 73.6 million, U.S. hospitalizations rise to a 10th straight record

The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to 73.6 million early Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll climbed to 1.64 million. The U.S. has roughly one-fifth of the global totals, with a case tally of 16.73 million and a death toll that climbed to 303,867. The U.S. recorded 201,649 new cases on Tuesday, and at least 2,957 new deaths, according to a New York Times tracker. The U.S. has averaged 206,557 cases per day over the past week, a 28% increase from the average two weeks earlier. There were 112,816 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Tuesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, to set a daily record for the 10th straight day. The rising case and death counts come as Congress met late Tuesday to try to hammer out a coronavirus economic aid deal.

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