The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose above 88 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose above 1.9 million. The U.S. has the highest case tally in the world at 21.6 million and the highest death toll at 365,321, or more than a fifth of the global total. The U.S. lost at least 4,111 lives on Thursday from COVID, the most in a single day since the start of the outbreak, according to a New York Times tracker , and counted a record of at least 280,028 new cases, also a record. In the last week, the U.S. has averaged 237,607 cases a day, numbers that experts had warned would materialize if Americans traveled in large numbers during the recent holiday season. There are currently 132,370 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals, according to the COVID Tracking Project, just below the record of 132,464 set a day earlier. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 200,498 and is third by cases at 7.9 million. India is second worldwide in cases with 10.4 million, and third in deaths at 150,570 Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 131,031 and 13th highest case tally at 1.5 million. The U.K. has 2.9 million cases and 78,633 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.