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Sept. 20, 2021, 6:22 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 228.5 million and U.S. is averaging more than 2,000 deaths a day

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 228.5 million on Monday, while the death toll rose to 4.69 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 42.1 million cases and 673,765 deaths. The U.S. is now averaging more than 2,000 deaths daily, according to a New York Times tracker, the most since March 1, and are almost entirely unvaccinated people. Texas and Florida account for more than 30% of those deaths. Florida, which has vaccinated 56% of its population, is averaging 353 deaths a day and Texas, where 50% of the population is inoculated, is seeing 286 deaths a day, according to the Times. The CDC's vaccine tracker shows that 54.6% of the overall U.S. population is fully vaccinated. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.5 million and has suffered 445,123 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 590,752 and 21.2 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 195,438, followed by the U.K. at 135,539.

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