The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 244.1 million on Tuesday, while the death toll edged above 4.95 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 45.5 million cases and 737,371 deaths. The U.S. is averaging more than 1,400 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, although cases and hospitalizations are declining. Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced Monday, the Associated Press reported. The government will require airlines to collect contact information on passengers regardless of whether they have been vaccinated to help with contact tracing, if that becomes necessary. Beginning Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated, with only limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding a plane to the U.S. There will be tightened restrictions for American and foreign citizens who are not fully vaccinated. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.2 million and has suffered 445,068 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 605,804 and 21.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 228,581 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 139,990.
Oct. 26, 2021, 7:20 a.m. EDT