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Dec. 22, 2020, 6:24 a.m. EST

Coronavirus tally: U.S. tops 18 million COVID-19 cases, as daily streak of new-case declines is snapped

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By Tomi Kilgore

The three-day streak of deceleration for new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations was snapped, with hospitalizations spiking to the 17th record this month. There were 201,723 new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. on Monday, up from 179,801 on Sunday, according to data provided by the New York Times . The death toll rose to 1,962 people on Monday from 1,422 on Sunday, the New York Times data show. Hospitalizations jumped by 1,750 in a day to a record 115,351 on Monday, the biggest one-day jump since the 2,265 one-day increase on Dec. 15, COVID Tracking Project data show . Overall, the U.S. has had 18,043,183 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning and 319,466 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University . Globally, cases increased to 77,455,985 and deaths grew to 1,704,680. And while worries are growing over a new COVID-19 strain, vaccines continue to roll out in the U.S., with President-elect Joe Biden getting his shot during an on-camera event.

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