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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 236 million and vaccines likely kept 100,000 U.S. seniors out of hospital

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 235.9 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose above 4.81 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 43.9 million cases and 705,284 deaths, after passing 700,000 late Friday. The U.S. is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that vaccines likely kept 100,000 U.S. seniors out of the hospital, the Washington Post reported. Vaccination prevented abut 265,000 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations and 39,000 deaths of Medicare beneficiaries in the first five months of this year, the study found. Researchers used individual claims and county vaccination rates to evaluate the impact on the country's 62.7 million Medicare recipients. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.8 million and has suffered 449,438 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 598,829and 21.5 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 208,842 followed by the U.K. at 137,544.

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