Washington – The United States reached this Thursday the figure of 9,600,324 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 234,876 deaths from the COVID-19 disease, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This balance is 1,226 more deaths than Thursday and 123,085 new infections, breaking the record for cases for the second consecutive day.
New cases of coronavirus have exploded in recent days in the country and the 123,085 in the last 24 hours are a new record since the start of the pandemic.RELATED
Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it remains the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 33,657. In New York City alone, 24,047 people have died.
New York is followed in number of deaths by Texas (18,904), California (17,833), Florida (16,961) and New Jersey (16,403).
Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (10,313), Massachusetts (10,085), Pennsylvania (8,923), Georgia (8,126) or Michigan (7,833).
In terms of infections, Texas has 969,178, followed by California with 954,241, third is Florida with 827,380 and New York fourth with 518,812.
The provisional death toll -234,876 – far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the end of the year the United States will reach the 325,000 deceased and by February 1 to 400,000.