The U.S. toll for deaths resulting from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday, according to new data from Johns Hopkins University.
Johns Hopkins researchers reported the new number, which was based on COVID-19 figures supplied from state health authorities.
“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.
The death toll is by far the highest in the world, ABC News reports.
The toll is considered to be higher, due to deaths that occurred early during the pandemic and ascribed to other causes before widespread testing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci commented on the milestone while speaking with CNN.
“The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, in some respects stunning,” Fauci said.
Fauci recently named three "higher risk" places to avoid, saying that closing bars, restaurants, and gyms helped New York, Arizona, and Texas slow the spread of the deadly virus.