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Aug. 16, 2021, 7:37 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 207 million, as U.S.'s daily average rises to 6-month high

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 207.2 million on Monday, while death toll rose to 4,364,409, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continued to lead the world in cases with 36.68 million and in deaths with 621,635. On a daily basis, the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases rose to 130,808 as of Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker , up 64% from two weeks ago, to mark the 11-straight day above 100,000 and the highest rate since Feb. 3. The 7-day average of deaths was 662 on Sunday, up 113% from two weeks ago and the highest since early May, while the number hospitalized has increased 65% to 76,088. The number of people fully vaccinated in the U.S. was 168.36 million, or 50.7% of the total population as of Sunday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , including 61.7% of the adult population. The number of adults receiving at least one dose grew to 185.88 million, or 72%. "We've got to get people vaccinated," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "We have about 90 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not vaccinated. And that's very highly concentrated in the southern states, including Mississippi and other states in which you have, compared to the general average of vaccinations in the country, an under vaccinated group."

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