The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 48.8 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , while the death toll rose above 1.2 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 9.6 million and highest death toll at 234,944, or about a fifth of the global totals. The U.S. counted a record 121,200 cases on Thursday, according to a New York Times tracker, and at least 1,108 fatalities. That was after setting a record of more than 100,000 for the first time a day earlier. The U.S. had averaged 96,231 cases a day in the last week, up 54% from the average two weeks ago. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 161,106 and is third by cases at 5.6 million. India is second in cases with 8.4 million, and third in deaths at 124,985. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 93,772 and 10th highest case tally at 949,147 The U.K has 48,210 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 1.1 million cases, or eighth highest in the world.