The U.S. reached this Thursday the figure of 4,487,072 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 151,794 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
On Friday is 72,238 more infections than on Wednesday and 1,347 new deaths. Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the hardest hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 32,683, more than in France or Spain.
In New York City alone, 23,525 people have died.
New York is followed in number of deaths by neighbouring New Jersey with 15,809, California with 8,970 and Massachusetts with 8,595.
Other states with a large death toll are Illinois, with 7,670; Pennsylvania, with 7,194; Florida, with 6,586; Michigan, with 6,443, or Texas, with 6,274.
As for infections, California adds 488,260, Florida follows with 461,379, Texas is third with 425,519, and New York fourth, with 414,370.
The provisional balance of deaths – 151,794 – has already far exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best 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 rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.
For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, in whose models of prediction of the evolution of the pandemic the White House often sets, calculates that the United States will arrive in October with about 200,000 dead and that for the presidential elections of November 3rd could touch 220,000.