(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The U.S. death toll has surpassed another milestone over the weekend, 225,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. The number was recorded on Sunday. The nation reported 200,000 deaths on September 22.
The number is swiftly approaching the number of American soldiers slain during World War II: 291,557, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The U.S. remains the worst affected country by the pandemic, both in deaths and confirmed cases. Currently, over 8.6 million Americans have contracted the illness.
Also on Friday, the nation reported a new record high in daily COVID-19 cases, 83,010 — far more than the previous high record reported in July.
The seven day average in the nation has risen from 42,348 on October 2 to 66,557 on October 24, according to Covid Tracking Project data.
The states grappling with the highest number of daily cases are in the Midwest, which includes Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.