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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 250 million and U.S. reopens to vaccinated travelers

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 249.9 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.05 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.5 million cases and 754,431 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California and Colorado. More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status, the Associated Press reported. Beginning Monday, bans on travel from specific countries are over. The U.S. will allow in international travelers, but they must be vaccinated - with a few exceptions. The U.S. is also reopening the land borders with Canada and Mexico for vaccinated people. Most trips from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. are by land rather than air. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 461,057 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 609,447 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 243,405 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,236.

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