The United States has become the first country in the world to exceed 2,000 deaths from the new coronavirus in one day, with 2,108 additional deaths recorded in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University count at 8:30 p.m. local Friday.
The total number of deaths recorded in the United States is 18,586, which is very close to the most bereaved country, Italy, which has 18,849 deaths, but with a population five times smaller.
America is also approaching half a million officially declared cases of the disease (+35,000 cases recorded in 24 hours).
The United States records since the middle of last week more than 1000 new daily deaths, and had already recorded Tuesday and Wednesday nearly 2000 deaths in 24 hours, then also the worst daily reports in the world since the beginning of the pandemic.
The epicenter of the American epidemic is in New York, the state alone has more than 7,800 deaths and more than 160,000 positive cases.
The United States has been the country with the highest number of reported infections since the end of March, with more than a quarter of officially reported cases worldwide.
“More than 2.1 million tests have been performed” in the country, said US Vice President Mike Pence Friday at the White House crisis cell daily press conference.
President Donald Trump regularly reiterates that this is the largest number of tests performed by a country, which he says explains the number of cases recorded much higher in the United States than elsewhere.
According to ourworldindata.com, this is indeed the case in absolute terms, but in proportion to their population, Italy and South Korea have performed more tests than the Americans.
Predictions of the number of deaths in the United States according to the most cited model (IHME), which takes into account how the epidemic has evolved in China and Europe, have in recent days been revised several times downwards to the first wave: from 93,000 to 82,000, then to 60,000 deaths.