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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 214.6 million and U.S. deaths averaging more than 1,000 a day for first time since March

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 214.6 million on Friday, while the death toll rose to 4.47 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 38.4 million cases and 633,566 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days rose to 156,296 as of Thursday, up 24% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The daily average for deaths increased to 1,233, up 100% in two weeks, and above 1,000 for the first time since March, the tracker shows. The daily average for hospitalizations rose to 96,586, up 29% from two weeks ago. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 172.2 million, or 51.9% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while the number of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine edged up to 202.9 million, or 61.1% of the total population. A new study published in medical journal The Lancet found that nearly half of COVID-19 patients still have at least one symptom a year after contracting the illness,the New York Times reported. The study involved 1,286 patients admitted to Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan, China, who were discharged between Jan. 7 and May 29 of 2020. India has the second highest death toll after the U.S. at 436,861 and is third by cases at 32.6 million, the JHU data shows. Brazil has second highest death toll at 577,565 and has 20.7 million cases. In Europe, Russia has 176,904 deaths, followed by the U.K. with 132,466.

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