WASHINGTON The United States reached 20,104,003 confirmed cases and 347,542 deaths from Covid-19 this Friday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 8:00 on Friday is 2,271 more deaths than on Thursday and 160,308 new infections.
The increase in infections and deaths from Thursday to Friday was much lower than in the previous days – daily cases have recently exceeded 200,000 and deaths over 3,000 -, probably due to slower reporting of new infections such as consequence of the New Year holiday.
The milestone of 20 million cases, reached this Friday, implies that the number of infections in the US has doubled in less than two months, since 10 million cases were reached on November 9.
This data illustrates the severity of the outbreak in the United States, which in December registered several daily records in the number of deaths from Covid-19 and closed 2020 with a historical maximum of more than 125,000 hospitalized by the disease.
The state of New York remains the worst hit in the country by the pandemic in terms of deaths, with 38,155 deaths, followed by Texas (28,253), California (26,093), Florida (21,673) and New Jersey (19,160).
Other states with large death toll are Illinois (17,978), Pennsylvania (16,155), Michigan (13,018), Massachusetts (12,423), and Georgia (10,958).
In terms of infections, California is the most affected with 2,317,069, followed by Texas with 1,779,595, third is Florida with 1,323,315, New York is fourth with 995,816 and Illinois fifth with 963,389.
The provisional death toll – 347,542 – far exceeds the lower limit of the initial White House estimates, which projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic in the best of cases.
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 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, calculates that when Trump leaves power next 20 By January 420,000 people will have died and by April 1 567,000.