The trend of eye-popping numbers of daily new coronavirus cases continued through the weekend in Massachusetts with 5,356 new cases confirmed Saturday and another 4,747 added to the total Sunday, putting Massachusetts on track to surpass the quarter-million case mark as soon as Monday.

The Berkshire Eagle reports the state surpassed a grim milestone with Sunday's data report: 11,004 people in Massachusetts have died since March with confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19, the Department of Public Health reported. About 4.45 percent of the 247,559 coronavirus cases here have led to the death of the person infected.

The virus is on pace to kill more people in 12 months than either of the two leading causes of death here in 2017: heart disease (12,140) and cancer (12,934), according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control data.

Last week, the state's Board of Registration in Pharmacy announced that it had adopted a new policy to allow pharmacists and pharmacy interns licensed by the state to "order, administer, process, read, and report the results of FDA-authorized COVID-19 tests."

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