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July 27, 2021, 7:03 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 194,7 million and U.S. to retain travel restrictions

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By Ciara Linnane

The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 194.7 million on Tuesday, while the death toll climbed above 4.16 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. leads the world with a total of 34.5 million cases and in deaths with 611,007 as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread fast, especially in states with low vaccination rates. The federal government will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant, the Associated Press reported. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. India is second by cases at 31.4 million and third by deaths at 421,382, according to its official numbers, which are expected to be undercounted. Brazil is second in deaths at 550,502, but is third in cases at 19.7 million. Mexico has fourth-highest death toll at 238,595 but has recorded just 2.7 million cases, according to its official numbers. In Europe, Russia continues to pull ahead of the U.K. by deaths at 152,836, while the U.K. has 129,460, making Russia the country with the fifth-highest death toll in the world and highest in Europe.

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