Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily average of cases jumps 28% and death toll hits 1-month high, while omicron fears wane

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While fears of the Omicron variant continued to ease, as seen through a rally in global stock markets, on Friday the global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 266.6 million in total and the death toll rose to 5.27 million. Data collected by Johns Hopkins University, The US leads the world with a total number of COVID-19 cases of 49.3 million and a death toll of 789,745. The daily average number of cases rose to 119,751 on Monday, the highest since September 25, and a 28% increase from two weeks ago. A New York Times Tracker, The daily average death toll rose 13% to 1,266, the highest since November 4, while hospitalizations rose 18% to a seven-week high of 59,702. GlaxoSmithKline Plc gsk

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The drugmaker said new preclinical studies showed that its sotrovimab antibody retained effectiveness against Omicron. Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who are at least 12 years old who have been fully vaccinated is 197.8 million, or 69.8% of that population. Vaccine Tracker,

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