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Nov. 10, 2021, 6:28 a.m. EST

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 251 million and WHO says Europe only region where weekly cases rising

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 251 million on Wednesday, while the death toll edged above 5.06 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.7 million cases and 757,409 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging about 1,200 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California and Colorado. The World Health Organization said Europe is the only region where weekly cases and deaths are still rising, and that they are either stabilizing or declining in other regions. In its weekly epidemiological update, the agency said cases rose 7% in Europe in the week to Nov. 7, while deaths rose by 10%. The highest numbers came from Russia, where new cases rose 3% and there were 8,276 fatalities. Russia shut down last week to stem the spread but continues to fight low vaccination rates that are hampering its ability to contain the pandemic. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 461,849 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 609,756 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 245,794 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,557.

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