The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 225.8 million on Wednesday, while the death toll rose to 4.65 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 41.4 million cases and 663,936 deaths. Alaska has joined Idaho in announcing one major hospital is operating under "crisis standards of care," because it is overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the New York Times reported. In Alabama, all ICU beds are occupied, and hospitals in other southern states are also dangerously low on space. The U.S. is still recording about 1,500 deaths from COVID every day, the most since winter, and cases are averaging more than 152,000. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 33.3 million and has suffered 443,497 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 587,797 and 21 million cases. In Europe, Russia has most fatalities at 191,566, followed by the U.K. at 134,774.
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 near 226 million and Alaska is latest state to ration care
A group of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration on Friday reframed a proposed approval of BioNTech and Pfizer's COVID-19 booster for the general population, and it instead recommended authorization of an additional dose of the vaccine to people at least 65 years old and those at high risk for severe disease.
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