More than four million people around the world have died of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University published Thursday, July 8, 2021.
Out of the over four million fatalities, three countries — United States, India and Brazil account for more than a third of all global deaths.
The United States, which has the highest number at 606,000, is followed closely by Brazil and India.
The milestone comes as new cases and deaths are dropping in the US and Europe, where significant numbers of people have been vaccinated, but countries like Indonesia and Haiti are seeing an uptick in infection rates.
The Delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of Coronavirus, is also contributing to an increase in cases in some countries.
In the US, the Delta variant now makes up more than half of all new infections, according to estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An average of 7,900 COVID-19 deaths were reported each day over the past week, according to JHU.
That is 46% less than the global peak of more than 14,700 daily deaths in January, but 57% higher than the pace of about 5,000 daily deaths from this time last year.