WASHINGTON – The United States, the country most affected in the world by the pandemic, reached a cumulative 23,282,329 cases of covid-19 and 388,159 deaths this Thursday, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
Those figures, which correspond to 8:00 pm local time on Thursday, represent 234,920 more infections than the previous day and 3,882 additional deaths.
New York State remains the worst hit in the country by the pandemic with 40,435 deaths, followed by California, which is now second with (31,833) Texas (31,689) Florida (23,613) and New Jersey (20,161, unchanged from the day previous).
Other states with large numbers of deaths are Illinois (19,724), Pennsylvania (18,710), Michigan (14,511), Massachusetts (13,433) and Georgia (11,975).
In terms of infections, California adds 2,858,544 positives, followed by Texas with 2,069,018, third is Florida with 1,531,192 and New York in fourth place, with 1,193,453.
The provisional death toll – 388,159 – far exceeds the lower limit of the initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.
The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be rather between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been far exceeded .
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at 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 January 20, 420,000 people will have died and by April 1, 560,000.