The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 224.7 million on Monday, while the death toll rose to 4.63 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 40.9 million cases and 659,975 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days eased to 145.724 as of Sunday, down from a recent peak of 166,105 on Sept. 1 and 7% less than what it was two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker . The daily average for deaths rose to 1,648, up 27% in two weeks and the most since March. The daily average for hospitalizations of 100,382 was down from a peak of 102,621 on Sept. 3 and down 1% from two weeks ago. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 178.7 million, or 53.8% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , while the number of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine rose to 209.4 million, or 63.1% of the total population. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said President Joe Biden will announce new steps to slow the spread of the virus ahead of the U.N. General Assembly session that is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Murthy did not specify what those steps would be. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.3 million and has suffered 442,874 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 585,851 and 20.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 190,031, followed by the U.K. at 134,525.