The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 103.9 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 2.25 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 26.4 million and the highest death toll at 446,901, or about a fifth of the global total. The U.S. added at least 114,713 new cases on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker , and counted at least 3,406 deaths. Case numbers have been declining, however. The U.S. averaged 141,437 new cases a day in the past week, down 30% from the average two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have also been falling, according to the COVID Tracking Project. There were 92,880 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Tuesday, down from 93,536 a day earlier and the lowest level since Nov. 28. There was positive news on the vaccine front in the news that the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University was shown to slow transmission in a new study, as the Times reported.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 226,309 and is third by cases at 9.3 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 10.8 million, and now fourth in deaths at 154,596, after being surpassed by Mexico late last week. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 159,533 and 13th highest case tally at 1.9 million. The U.K. has 3.9 million cases and 108,225 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
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