As of 5 p.m. on June 16, there were over 177 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 3.8 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 161 million recoveries.
The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 34 million confirmed cases and over 615,000 deaths.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by a month on Monday, warning that the more infectious Delta variant from India meant if he did nothing thousands more people might die.
South Korea has administered COVID-19 vaccines to a quarter of its population as of Tuesday. A total of 13 million people, or about 25 percent of the country’s 51 million population, received their first vaccine dose.
Japan’s minister in charge of coronavirus measures has proposed limiting spectators to 10,000 at major events.