Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 254 million and Arkansas is latest state to expand booster program – Community News
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Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 254 million and Arkansas is latest state to expand booster program

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, the global number of coronavirus-borne illnesses rose to above 253.9 million on Tuesday, while the death toll surpassed 5.11 million. The US continues to lead the world with a total of 47.2 million cases and 764,365 deaths. According to a New York Times tracker, the US still averages more than 1,100 deaths a day, although the number of cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hotspots such as Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico. Arkansas has joined Colorado, California and New Mexico in expanding its vaccine booster program, ahead of federal regulators about to make a decision on the matter, the New York Times reported. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the news at a briefing Monday, saying that all adults in the state would be eligible for boosters, as long as they comply with timing rules regarding primary doses. Experts are concerned that the number of cases could rise again during the cold winter months if people gather indoors in large numbers. India is second only to the US with 34.5 million and has suffered 463,852 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll with 611,346 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the highest number of fatalities with 253,009 deaths, followed by the UK with 143,384.