As of 5 p.m. on July 4, there were over 184 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 3.9 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 168 million recoveries.

The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 34 million confirmed cases and some 621,000 deaths.

The coronavirus Delta variant has been found in at least 98 countries and regions, the head of the World Health Organization said, adding that it’s spreading quickly in countries with both low and high vaccination rates.

The WHO chief stressed that vaccination is the best way to slow the pandemic, save lives, drive a truly global economic recovery and prevent further dangerous variants from getting the “upper hand.”

The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use are still effective against the Delta variant, according to the United Nations health agency’s chief scientist.

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