The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 144.8 million on Friday, as the death toll increased to 3.07 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.9 million cases, or 22.1% of the global total, and 570,346 deaths, or 18.6% of the worldwide total. The U.S. added at least 61,901 cases on Thursday, while new deaths rose to at least 719, according to a New York Times Tracker. But the U.S. also leads the world in vaccines administered, with 27% of the poplation now fully vaccinated and 41% receiving at least one dose of two-dose vaccines.
India is second to the U.S. by cases at 16.3 million after adding a record of more than 330,000 cases in a 24-hour period, setting a global record for a second day, the Times reported. India has suffered 186,920 deaths, according to its official numbers, or fourth-highest in the world. Brazil is third with 14.3 million cases and second by fatalities at 383,502. Mexico has the third-highest death toll at 214,095 and 2.3 million cases, or 15th highest tally. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,597 deaths, the fifth-highest in the world and highest in Europe.
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