The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to a total of 256.2 million on Friday, while the death toll climbed to 5.14 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. leads the world with a total COVID-19 case count of 47.5 million and death toll of 768,697. The daily case count topped 100,000 for a second straight day on Thursday, with the seven-day average rising to a six-week high of 94,669, according to a New York Times Tracker. The average daily death count remained above 1,000 for the past three months, rising to 1,158 on Thursday from 1,088 on Wednesday. The daily average of hospitalizations remained flat at 48,276. Michigan led the U.S. in average daily cases with 8,398, followed by New York at 5,986. A decision on whether the booster program should be expanded to all adults is expected by Friday, according to media reports. The FDA is expected to make an announcement that will be followed on Friday by a meeting of a CDC advisory committee on the topic.
Nov. 19, 2021, 6:25 a.m. EST