The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 29.9 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 941,079. At least 20.3 million people have recovered. The U.S. has the highest tallies in the world with 6.6 million cases and 196,804 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 134,106 and third highest case tally at 4.4 million. India is third with 83,198 deaths and second with 5.1 million cases. Mexico is fourth with 71,978 deaths and seventh with 680,931 cases. The U.K. has 41,773 deaths and 380,677 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world. President Donald Trump said Wednesday a vaccine will be ready from mid-October and will be made available immediately, contradicting Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who had said earlier that a vaccine would not be ready before mid-2021.
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