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March 18, 2021, 6:28 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case count rises to nearly 59,000, while deaths slip to less than 1,200

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By Tomi Kilgore

The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 121,256,160 as of Thursday morning, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , with the U.S. accounting for 24.4% of the cases with 29,607,486. The global death toll grew to 2,681,790, while the U.S. death count rose to 538,087, or 20.1% of the worldwide total. In the U.S., new cases rose to at least 58,856 on Wednesday, according to a New York Times tracker , from 54,437 on Tuesday, while the number of deaths slipped to 1,177 from 1,245. On the vaccine front, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 147,590,615 vaccine doses have been delivered and 113,037,627 doses have been administered. There have been 73,669,956 people, or 22.2% of the U.S. population, who have received at least one vaccine dose, while 39,989,196 people, or 12.0% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 11,698,838 and also second with a death toll at 284,775. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,474,605 and fourth in deaths at 159,216.

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