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June 15, 2021, 6:46 p.m. EDT

Fear grows that delta variant will become dominant COVID strain worldwide as WHO says it’s now in 74 countries

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Ciara Linnane

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The global tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed above 176.2 million on Tuesday,  according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , while deaths climbed above 3.8 million.

The U.S. continues to lead the world in total cases at 33.47 million, while deaths total 600,039.

India is second in total cases at 29.6 million and third by fatalities at 377,031, although those numbers are expected to be undercounted given a shortage of tests.

Brazil has the third highest caseload at 17.5 million, according to JHU data, and is second in deaths at 488,288.

Mexico has fourth highest death toll at 230,187 and 2.5 million cases.

The U.K. has 128,171 fatalities and 4.6 million cases, the highest number of deaths in Europe and fifth highest in the world.

China,  where the virus was first discovered late in 2019,  has had 103,403 confirmed cases and 4,846 deaths, according to its official numbers, which are widely held to be massively underreported.

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