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Sept. 27, 2021, 6:45 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 231.8 million and U.S. nears 700,000 fatalities

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 231.8 million on Monday, while the death toll rose above 4.74 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 42.9 million cases and 688,041 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, the most since late February. Alaska continues to lead the nation by number of new cases measured on a per capita basis, and hospitals are rationing care. The CDC's vaccine tracker is showing that 55.3% of the overall population is fully vaccinated, while 64.3% have received at least one dose. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.7 million and has suffered 447,194 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 594,443 and 21.4 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 201,015, followed by the U.K. at 136,529.

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