The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 164.2 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose topped 3.4 million. The U.S. continues to lead the world in total cases with 32.9 million and deaths with 587,219, although cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all falling as more Americans become vaccinated.
India is second worldwide with 25.5 million cases, and third with 283,248 deaths, although those numbers are understood to be greatly undercounted, given a shortage of tests. India recorded a global record of 4,529 deaths in a single day on Tuesday, according to its official numbers. The previous record was the 4,468 deaths counted in the U.S. in January. Brazil is third in cases with 15.7 million and second in deaths with 439,050. Mexico is fourth by fatalities with 220,746 and 2.4 million cases. The U.K. has 4.5 million cases and 127,953 deaths, the fifth-highest in the world and most of any country in Europe.

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