Washington.- United States this Saturday reached eight million 100 thousand confirmed cases of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the 219 thousand 156 deceased by Covid-19, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 20:00 local time is 59 thousand 740 infections more than on Friday and 701 new deaths.
Although New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it continues to be the hardest hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 33 thousand 347, a figure similar to Peru, Spain or France.
New York is followed in number of deaths by Texas (17,437), California (16,942), New Jersey (16,204) and Florida (15,917).
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Other states with a large death toll include Massachusetts (9,723), Illinois (9,452), Pennsylvania (8,442), Georgia (7,607) and Michigan (7,340).
In terms of infections, California has 873 thousand 324, followed by Texas with 847 thousand 605, third is Florida with 752 thousand 481 and New York is fourth with 482 thousand 891.
The provisional death toll -219,156- far exceeds the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
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The American President, Donald Trump, lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would 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, had calculated that for the presidential elections of 3 November, the United States will reach 230 thousand deaths and by January 1, 2021, 410 thousand.
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