USA approaches 12 million infected by COVID-19

The United States reached this Friday 11,895,876 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 254,297 deaths from the COVID-19 disease, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Saturday) represents 197,215 new infections and 1,878 additional deaths compared to Thursday.

The United States set an absolute record for new infections on Thursday, with 200,146 more cases than on Wednesday and also the highest number of deaths in 24 hours -2,239- since the beginning of May, in the middle of the explosion of the pandemic

Although New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it continues to be the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 34,252.

They are followed in number of deaths by Texas (20,748), California (18,595), Florida (17,889) and New Jersey (16,712).

Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (11,795), Massachusetts (10,469), Pennsylvania (9,676), Georgia (9,142) or Michigan (8,774).

In terms of infections, Texas has 1,114,545, followed by California with 1,084,348, third is Florida with 923,418, Illinois is fourth with 634,395 and New York fifth with 584,850.

The provisional death toll – 254,297 – 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 Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the end of the year the United States will reach the 320,000 deceased and by March 1 at 440,000.

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