The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 261.6 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.20 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 48.2 million cases and 776,639 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 960 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, , although that number may be low due to the holiday weekend. Cases and hospitalizations are rising again. The White House will offer an update on the U.S. response to the omicron variant, the new one to emerge from South Africa that has been classified a 'variant of concern' by the World Health Organization. For now, it's not clear if the variant is more transmissible or more lethal than other variants, but experts are urging people to get vaccinated as a best first defense, while also following mitigation measures such as wearing a face mask in public and socially distancing. Six cases of the variant have been detected in Scotland and Japan has banned all foreign travelers, the Times reported. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.6 million and has suffered 468,790 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 614,278 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 268,705 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 145,218.
Nov. 29, 2021, 7:04 a.m. EST