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Feb. 16, 2021, 6:26 a.m. EST

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 109 million and U.S. death toll above 486,000

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 109 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 2.40 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 27.69 million and the highest death toll at 486,332. The U.S. added at least 55,457 new cases on Monday, according to a New York Times tracker , and counted at least 994 deaths, although those numbers may be underreported given reduced staffing at weekends and on holidays. Case numbers have been declining, however. The U.S. averaged 85,798 new cases a day in the past week, down 41% from the average two weeks ago. The U.S. started average fewer than 100,000 cases a day at the weekend. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 239,773 and is third by cases at 9.8 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 10.9 million, and now fourth in deaths at 155,813. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 174,657and 13th highest case tally at 1.9 million. The U.K. has 4 million cases and 117,622 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.

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