Coronavirus tally: Global cases top 72.3 million, as U.S. death toll climbs closer to 300,000


The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose above 72.3 million on Monday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.6 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 16.26 million and the highest death toll reached 299,191, or roughly a fifth of the global totals. The U.S. counted 183,814 new cases on Sunday, and at least 1,357 people died, according to a New York Times tracker. The U.S. has averaged 210,039 cases a day over the past week, up 30% from the average two weeks earlier. There was a record 109,331 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Sunday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, topping the record of 108,487 set a day earlier. The grim totals come as the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments began over the weekend, with vaccinations set to begin as soon as this week.

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