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The COVID=19 pandemic reached a milestone in the United States on Friday as the cumulative death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 900,000.

Based on the data gathered by Reuters it was learned that the number marks an increase of more than 100,000 U.S. COVID-19 fatalities since Dec. 12, coinciding with a surge of infections and hospitalizations driven by the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus.

The study has also cited Omicron as one of the causes for the huge number of COVID-19 cases in the US.

The study has also shown that micron may have hit the United States harder than other countries with younger overall populations, such as in Africa.

Reuters said the total number of American lives lost to COVID-19 since the first U.S. cases were detected in early 2020 has reached at least 904,228, more than the entire population of South Dakota.

Despite the grim health data, Reuters noted that the U.S. COVID-19 death rate appears to be slowing as the omicron surge wanes.

Based on the Reuters data, the seven-day average fell for two days in a row to 2,592, compared with a peak average of 2,674 in the current wave of infections.

The media company explained, by comparison, the peak during the delta wave in January 2021 was an average of 3,300 deaths a day.

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