Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 234 million and US death toll passes 700,000

Published Oct 02 2021 at 1:36 PM GMT
  • The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 234 million on Saturday, while the death toll rose above 4 79 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
  • The US continues to lead the world with a total of 43.6 million cases and 700,327 deaths, after passing 700,000 overnight.
  • The US is now averaging almost 2,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, , a slight improvement over recent trends and new cases and hospitalizations are declining.
  • There was positive news from Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics Friday that the the oral antiviral they developed as a treatment for COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization or death in at risk adult patients with mild-to-moderate COVID by about 50% in an interim analysis of data from a Phase 3 trial.
  • Some 7 3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 following randomization, compared with 14.1% of patients given a placebo.



  • Published Oct 2, 2021 1:36 PM GMT