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Nov. 22, 2021, 6:24 a.m. EST

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 257.6 million and U.S. cases inch higher ahead of Thanksgiving

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 257.6 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.15 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47.7 million cases and 771,118 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, and cases and hospitalizations are rising again, just as Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan and Minnesota are leading the nation by new cases on a per capita basis and federal medical workers are traveling to Minnesota to support hospital staffing. While cases are still below where they were in early September, and below where they were last Thanksgiving, more than 90,000 cases are being reported every day on average, the Times reported. As most cases and deaths are in unvaccinated people, that group need to get their shots quickly to avoid dying a preventable death. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.5 million and has suffered 465,911 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 612,659 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 260,319 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 144,369.

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