The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 132.5 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 2.87 million. The U.S. continues to lead the world by cases, at 30.8 million, or about a quarter of the global tally, and fatalities, at 556,529. The U.S. added at least 62,004 new cases on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, and at least 907 people died. The U.S. has averaged 64,847 cases a day for the last week, up 19% from the average two weeks ago, as cases continue to rise despite the vaccination program, a trend experts say is due to states reopening and dropping restrictions on movement and overall pandemic fatigue. The U.S. vaccine program is making good headway, however, with the CDC’s vaccine tracker showing that 19% of the population is now fully vaccinated and 32.6% have had at least one jab. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that the vaccine program would be open to all American adults by April 19, ahead of an earlier timetable of May 1.
Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 13.1 million and also second with a death toll of 336,947. India is third worldwide in cases with 12.8 million and fourth in deaths at 166,177. Mexico is third by deaths at 204,985 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,126 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.