Coronavirus tally: Daily average of new COVID-19 cases dips, but deaths rise to 6-month high

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed to 223.23 million as of early Friday, while the death toll rose to 4,606,927, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 40.60 million cases and 654,598 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days was 147,816 as of Thursday, down from a recent peak of 166,105 on Sept. 1 and 5% less than what it was two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The daily average for deaths kept rising to 1,579, up 28% in two weeks and the most since March 9. The daily average for hospitalizations of 100,610 was down from a peak of 102,621 on Sept. 3 but up 1% from two weeks ago. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 177.43 million, or 53.4% 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 rose to 208.31 million, or 62.7% of the total population. In a speech from the White House late Thursday, President Joe Biden rolled out a "six-pronged strategy" to fight COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates, as he warned the country about a "tough stretch" in the fight against the delta variant. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Coronavirus tally: Daily average of new COVID-19 cases dips, but deaths rise to 6-month high
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed to 223.23 million as of early Friday, while the death toll rose to 4,606,927, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 40.60 million cases and 654,598 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days was 147,816 as of Thursday, down from a recent peak of 166,105 on Sept. 1 and 5% less than what it was two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The daily average for deaths kept rising to 1,579, up 28% in two weeks and the most since March 9. The daily average for hospitalizations of 100,610 was down from a peak of 102,621 on Sept. 3 but up 1% from two weeks ago. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated grew to 177.43 million, or 53.4% 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 rose to 208.31 million, or 62.7% of the total population. In a speech from the White House late Thursday, President Joe Biden rolled out a "six-pronged strategy" to fight COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates, as he warned the country about a "tough stretch" in the fight against the delta variant. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.