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Sept. 10, 2021, 6:28 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Daily average of new COVID-19 cases dips, but deaths rise to 6-month high

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed to 223.23 million as of early Friday, while the death toll rose to 4,606,927, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 40.60 million cases and 654,598 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days was 147,816 as of Thursday, down from a recent peak of 166,105 on Sept. 1 and 5% less than what it was two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker . The daily average for deaths kept rising to 1,579, up 28% in two weeks and the most since March 9. The daily average for hospitalizations of 100,610 was down from a peak of 102,621 on Sept. 3 but up 1% from two weeks ago. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 177.43 million, or 53.4% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , while the number of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine rose to 208.31 million, or 62.7% of the total population. In a speech from the White House late Thursday, President Joe Biden rolled out a "six-pronged strategy" to fight COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates, as he warned the country about a "tough stretch" in the fight against the delta variant.

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