The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the US continued its parabolic climb to 344,543 on Thursday, up from 301,477 on Wednesday, nearly four times from December 1 and 37% higher than January 2021’s daily peak of 251,232. To A New York Times Tracker, Hospitalizations also continued to climb, but at a slower pace, reaching a daily average of 81,847 on Thursday, up from 79,084 on Wednesday, up 45.5% from December 1 and the highest since late September. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that the daily average for children hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped 66% in a week to a record 378. The daily average death toll rose to 1,221 from 1,207 on Wednesday, and was up from 969 on December. 1. The number of fully vaccinated Americans reaches 205.81 million, or 62% of the population, and 33.4% of Americans have received booster shots, according to Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 286.6 million and the death toll exceeded 5.43 million as of Friday morning. Data collected by Johns Hopkins University, The US leads the world with a total number of COVID-19 cases of 54.25 million and a death toll of 824,339.