The United States on Wednesday suffered the highest number of coronavirus deaths since mid-May, making it the deadliest day this summer.
There were 1,503 deaths, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
COVID-19 deaths are lower than their peak in April, when they peaked at 2,000 per day in the US.
But after falling for weeks in late spring, the number of deaths began to rise in early July amid a growing epidemic in the South and the West.
The persistent death toll in the United States is in stark contrast to other countries that have successfully prevented their outbreak.
According to statistics from Our World in Data, the European Union, whose population surpasses the US by more than 100 million, just had 115 deaths on Wednesday.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 166,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States since the pandemic began, the most of any country in the world.
Mortality is a lagging indicator, meaning that it takes time for the patient to develop symptoms and be hospitalized before death. Some of the severely affected states have turned to cases but still have high COVID-19 mortality.
Florida, for example, had 277 deaths on Tuesday, but the number of new cases started dropping, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation” that the country could expect as many as 300,000 deaths by the end of this year.
“We are sure to be somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000, and whether we get closer to 200,000 or nearly 300,000 depends on what we do and how this develops,” he said.