The US coronavirus death toll has passed 200,000, as the number of new daily cases once again begins to increase.
The milestone was passed on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, just over six months after the first death was recorded in the country.
Total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US are set to pass 7 million in the coming days, with global cases now exceeding 30 million.
Over the last week, the average number of new daily cases in the US has risen from 34,000 to over 43,000.
The number of new daily deaths, by contrast, has slowed in recent days - reflecting a trend from a few weeks ago when the number of new daily cases saw a brief drop.
There have now been more coronavirus deaths in the US than there were US combat deaths in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War combined, as well as every terrorist attack, mass shooting and natural disaster ever recorded in the US.
The death toll is the highest in the world, accounting for more than one fifth of global deaths.
The US also has one of the highest infection rates per capita, with more than 20,000 people per million confirmed to have caught the deadly virus.
The US accounts for 21 per cent of all global cases, despite only having only 4 per cent of the world’s population.
The seven-day average for daily cases in the US is currently the second highest in the world.
Only India is seeing a higher number of new infections, recording more than 90,000 cases each day over the last week.
But while India’s case numbers are now dropping, the US is seeing an ominous uptick in new cases.
Since the first wave of the virus hit in March, the US is yet to drop below 20,000 average daily cases.
President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic has been widely criticised. Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused his rival of “almost criminal” failures when it came to containing the Covid-19 virus.