The global tally for COVID-19 rose to 282.9 million as of Wednesday morning and the death toll climbed to 5.42 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world with a total COVID-19 case count of 53.2 million and death toll of 820,929. In the U.S., the seven-day average of new cases surged to a record high of 267,305 on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, up from 243,099 on Monday, more than double (up 126%) the average from two weeks ago and above the previous peak of 251,232 seen on Jan. 11, 2021. The biggest increases in cases are seen in Washington, D.C. and the Northeast region. The daily average for hospitalizations rose 11% from two weeks ago to 74,962, the most since Oct. 2, while deaths were down 3% to 1,243. The number of fully vaccinated Americans edged up to 205.42 million, or 61.9% of the total population, while 67.3 million people, or 32.7% of the fully vaccinated, have received booster doses, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.