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U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 250,000

U.S. coronavirus deaths topped a quarter-million on Wednesday, as the latest wave of infections continues to surge across the nation.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 250,029 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far, with nearly 11.5 million confirmed cases. Deaths have totaled more than 1,000 a day for eight of the past nine days, according to Hopkins data. While that it the highest average number of deaths in months, it is still below the worst days of April, when more than 2,000 were dying a day.

Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed by the latest influx of coronavirus patients, with nearly 77,000 hospitalized with it as of Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

New cononavirus cases have spiked more than 80% over the past two weeks, averaging nearly 160,000 new cases a day, according to the AP tally.