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April 12, 2021, 6:26 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global deaths from COVID-19 climb toward 3 million, as U.S. death toll tops 562,000

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 136.1 million on Monday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , as the death toll climbed to 2,937,730. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.2 million cases, or about 23% of the global total, while the 562,066 death toll made of about 19% of the total. On Sunday, the U.S. added at least 48,147 new cases and 296 new deaths, according to a New York Times tracker , although those numbers are likely under-reported given reduced staffing at hospitals at weekends. The U.S. has averaged 69,632 cases per day, up 11% from the average two weeks ago. The rise in new cases comes despite the continued increase in vaccinations. More than 187.0 million doses have been administered and more than 119.2 million Americans -- 35.9% of the total population -- have received at least one dose, with more than 72.6 million people, or 21.9% of the population, being fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 13.53 million and also second with a death toll of 353,137. India is third worldwide in cases with 13.48 million and fourth in deaths at 170,179. Mexico is third by deaths at 209,338 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.38 million cases and 127,331 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.

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