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Aug. 26, 2021, 6:18 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 edges toward 214 million as U.S. likely to approve boosters at 6 months after vaccine

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed to 213.9 million Thursday, while the death toll rose to 4.46 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. leads the world with a total of 38.2 million cases and 632,272 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days rose to 152,341 as of Wednesday, up 23% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker . The daily average for deaths increased to 1,165, up 111% in two weeks. The daily average for hospitalizations rose to 5,240, up 32% from two weeks ago with more than 90,000 patients currently in hospitals. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 171.8 million, or 51.7% 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 edged up to 202.5 million, or 61% of the total population. Federal regulators are likely to approve a COVID-19 booster shot for vaccinated adults starting at least six months after the previous dose rather than the eight-month gap they previously announced, a person familiar with the plans said, as the Biden administration steps up preparations for delivering boosters to the public, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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