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More Americans have died from coronavirus than died in World War I

America's coronavirus death toll has hit a grim new milestone.

As of Wednesday, 117,129 Americans have died of confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19, according to numbers kept by Johns Hopkins University. That's more than the 116,708 Americans who died during World War I, albeit a good number of them did presumably die from the 1918 flu pandemic circling the globe at the time.

America's COVID-19 death toll also happened over a much shorter time period than World War I's. The first reported death from COVID-19 in the U.S. came just four months ago in February, while America's involvement in World War I lasted more than a year. And the coronavirus pandemic is still far from over — new estimates suggest the U.S. could see more than 200,000 deaths from the virus by October.