The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 106.2 million on Monday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 2.31 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at more than 27 million and the highest death toll at 463,482, or about a fifth of the global total. The U.S. added at least 87,727 new cases on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker , and counted at least 1,299 deaths, although those number are likely underreported, given reduced staffing at hospitals at weekends. Case numbers have been declining, however. The U.S. averaged 117,993 new cases a day in the past week, down 31% from the average two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have also been falling, according to the COVID Tracking Project. There were 81,439 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Sunday, down from 84,233 a day earlier and the lowest level since Nov. 19.
Brazil has the second highest death toll at 231,324 and is third by cases at 9.5 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 10.8 million, and now fourth in deaths at 155,080. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 166,200 and 13th highest case tally at 1.9 million. The U.K. has 3.9 million cases and 112,681 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.