Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 204 million and U.S. tops 36 million with daily cases up tenfold since June

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 204 million on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed above 4.31 million according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 36 million cases and in deaths with 618,137 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. The seven-day average of cases stood at 1118,067 on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 86% from two weeks ago. Daily caseloads have climbed tenfold since late June and deaths have doubled. Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii now have the highest daily case numbers since the start of the pandemic and Louisiana and Florida have the worst hospitalization rates, the tracker shows. India is second by cases at 32 million and third by deaths at 429,179 according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 564,773, but is third in cases at 20.2 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 245,476 but has recorded just 2.9 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 164,413, while the U.K. has 130,813, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. 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: Global cases of COVID-19 top 204 million and U.S. tops 36 million with daily cases up tenfold since June
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 204 million on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed above 4.31 million according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 36 million cases and in deaths with 618,137 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. The seven-day average of cases stood at 1118,067 on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 86% from two weeks ago. Daily caseloads have climbed tenfold since late June and deaths have doubled. Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii now have the highest daily case numbers since the start of the pandemic and Louisiana and Florida have the worst hospitalization rates, the tracker shows. India is second by cases at 32 million and third by deaths at 429,179 according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 564,773, but is third in cases at 20.2 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 245,476 but has recorded just 2.9 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 164,413, while the U.K. has 130,813, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe. 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.