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Aug. 18, 2021, 6:55 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Daily average of new cases slips, to snap a 39-day streak of increases based on NYT data

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 208.6 million as of early Wednesday, while death toll rose to 4,383,333, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. remained the world leader with 37.02 million cases and 623,322 deaths. On a daily basis, the seven-day average for cases slipped to 139,872 on Tuesday from 142,414 on Monday, to snap a 39-day streak of increases. The daily average was still up 52% from two weeks ago, and 4.5 times the average of 31,138 a month ago, according to a New York Times tracker . The daily average of deaths slipped to 696 on Tuesday from 704 on Monday, while hospitalizations increased to 83,291 from 82,519 on Monday, the most since Feb. 11. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated rose to 168.90 million, or 50.9% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The U.S. is expected to announce Wednesday that most vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster shot eight months after being fully vaccinated.

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