Washington.- The United States registered 229,859 new infections of the coronavirus on Saturday and broke the record of infections on Friday (225,594) amid a new rebound in the pandemic in the country, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, there were 2,527 new deaths on Saturday compared to Friday.
The total balance at 10:00 yesterday night was 14,567,529 cases and 281,121 deaths, with which the United States continues to lead the global statistics of the pandemic.RELATED
New York State remains the worst hit in the country with 34,900 deaths, followed by Texas (23,055), California (19,862), Florida (19,084) and New Jersey (17,306). Other states with large death toll are Illinois (14,016), Pennsylvania (11,191), Massachusetts (10,953), Michigan (10,321), and Georgia (9,793).
In terms of infections, California returns to the first position with 1,333,957 cases, followed by Texas with 1,310,612, third is Florida with 1,049,638, Illinois is fourth with 779,975 and New York is in fifth place, with 696,125.
The provisional death toll -281,121- 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.
President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that was also 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, calculates that when Trump leaves power next 20 By January 400,000 people will have died and by April 1 540,000.
California returns to lockdown
Two regions of the state of California will implement restrictions on mobility and economic activity starting this Sunday, in an attempt to stop the increase in cases of COVID-19.
For this reason, hairdressers, beauty salons, playgrounds, bars, wineries, cinemas, museums and zoos will be closed in the affected area, as well as restaurants, which will only be able to continue serving take-out food and making home deliveries. Unlike what happened in March and April, the stores may remain open, but only to simultaneously accommodate 20% of the total customers allowed by their capacity, while the schools will continue to operate in person.
The State Department of Public Health, led by Democrat Gavin Newsom, announced on Saturday that starting at 11:59 p.m. today, the stay-at-home order will go into effect in the San Joaquin Valley and the south California (which includes Los Angeles and San Diego).
The measure, which was adopted after the occupancy capacity of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) in those areas fell below 15%, “will remain in effect for at least three weeks,” according to a statement released today. The restriction could be without effect as of December 28 if the projections of beds available in ICUs “are greater than or equal to 15%,” he added.
The ICU capacity in San Joaquin was 8.6% this Saturday, while in Southern California it was 12.5%.
Last Thursday, Newson announced a new restriction plan to contain the spread of the virus, at a time when infections have rebounded in the United States.
The plan divides California into five parts, and the tightening of the restrictions will occur automatically in each of them 48 hours after they have more than 85% of their beds in the Intensive Care Units occupied. The areas in which the state has been divided (the most populous in the United States, with almost 40 million inhabitants) are: Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.