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Aug. 17, 2021, 6:27 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 nears 208 million, as U.S. reportedly set to recommend boosters

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 207.9 million as of early Tuesday, while death toll rose to 4,372,554, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . In the U.S., cases reached 36.89 million while deaths increased to 622,322, with both leading the world. On a daily basis, the seven-day average for cases grew to 141,365 on Monday, more than four times the daily average of 30,901 a month ago, and the most since Feb. 2, according to a New York Times tracker . The seven-day average for deaths rose to 704, up from 273 a month ago and the most since May 4, while hospitalizations rose to 81,556, up from 23,432 a month ago and the most since Feb. 12. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated rose to 168.69 million, or 50.8% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The U.S. is set to announce that most vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster shot eight months after being fully vaccinated, according to a report in the New York Times late Monday.

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