Coronavirus-related deaths in the United States were nearing 180,000 on Sunday, according to tracking by The Washington Post, as states hit hard by a surge of infections earlier in the summer continued to record numbers of daily fatalities.

The total number of cases reported in the United States was also approaching a worrying new milestone, on track to exceed 6 million in the next few days, according to The Post’s data.

The rolling average for new daily cases trended slightly downward nationwide over the past week, and hospitalizations fell by about 9 percent. But the country is still consistently reporting more than 40,000 new infections per day — nearly double the number reported daily in May and June — and states across the Midwest and the South continued to report surges.

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