The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose above 137.5 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, as the death toll climbed above 2.96 million. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.3 million cases, or about 23% of the global total, while the 563,449 death toll make of about 19% of the global toll. The U.S. added at least 77,312 new cases and 987 new deaths on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker. The U.S. has averaged 71,215 cases a day in the past week, up 8% from the average two weeks ago. The rise in new cases comes despite the continued increase in vaccinations, that has 22.7% of the U.S. fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. The U.S. on Tuesday recommended pausing immunizations with J&J's
vaccine until further information is known about how to treat a blood-clotting disorder. Health officials said Tuesday they are combing through vaccine data to better understand why the blood clots are occurring, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the J&J vaccine on Wednesday afternoon. The six cases in the U.S. were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.
Outside of the U.S., India has replaced Brazil as the country with the second highest number of cases at 13.9 million, and is fourth globally by deaths at 172,085. Brazil is third by cases at 13.6 million and second with a death toll of 358,425. Mexico is third by deaths at 210,282 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.4 million cases and 127,369 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.