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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 head toward 180 million and death toll edges closer to 4 million

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 179.6 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , while deaths climbed above 3.89 million. The U.S. continues to lead the world in total cases at 33.6 million, and by deaths that total 602,837. The number of fully vaccinated Americans rose to 150.8 million, or 45.4% of the total population, according to the latest data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , up from 45.3% on Wednesday. The number of U.S. adults receiving at least one dose increased to 65.6% from 65.5%, as the vaccine drive continues to lose steam. CDC officials meeting to discuss rare cases of heart inflammation in mostly adolescents and young adults after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech /zigman2/quotes/202877789/composite PFE +0.69% /zigman2/quotes/214419716/composite BNTX -0.79% or Moderna /zigman2/quotes/205619834/composite MRNA -2.19% vaccines acknowledged a likely link but said the benefits of the jabs still outweigh the risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would move to add a warning about the rare condition to the vaccines, Reuters reported. On a global basis, India is second in total cases at 30 million and third by fatalities at 391,981, although those numbers are expected to be undercounted given a shortage of tests. Brazil has the third-highest caseload at 18.2 million, according to JHU data, and is second in deaths at 507,109. Brazil counted a record of 115,228 new cases in a single day, AFP reported, confirming that a third wave is now underway. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 231,847 and 2.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has overtaken the U.K. by deaths. Russia has 129,278 fatalities, while the U.K. has 128,291, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. Russia reported 20,182 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily total since Jan 24.

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