The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 209.3 million as of early Thursday, while death toll rose to 4,393,138, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. led the world with a total of 37.16 million cases and 624,253 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days ticked back above 140,000 on Wednesday, after a brief one-day dip below it on Tuesday, according to a New York Time tracker. At 140,893, the daily average is up 47% from two weeks ago, and up from 32,305 from a month ago. The daily average for deaths rose to 809, up 97% from two weeks ago and the highest seen since early April, while the daily average of hospitalizations of 85,118 is up 56% from two weeks ago and the highest since early February. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated rose to 169.19 million, or 51.0% of the total U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal health officials said Wednesday that those who have received the vaccines from Moderna Inc.
and from Pfizer Inc.
and BioNTech SE
will be eligible for a third dose, starting in September.