U.S. approaching seven million coronavirus infections

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The United States reached this Wednesday the 201,882 deaths by COVID-19 and totaled 6,940,721 cases, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20.00 local time (00.00 GMT on Thursday) is 50,707 more infections than on Tuesday and 1,228 new deaths.

Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it continues to be the most affected in terms of deaths in the United States with 33,090 (no change from last day), more than in all of Peru, France or Spain.

In New York City alone, 23,780 people have died from the disease (unchanged from Tuesday), according to the count of local authorities.

New York is followed in number of deaths – according to the Johns Hopkins map – by neighboring New Jersey (16,082), Texas (15,422), California (15,263) and Florida (13,618).

Other states with large numbers of deaths are Massachusetts (9,328), Illinois (8,744), Pennsylvania (8,038) and Michigan (7,013).

In terms of infections, California leads the list with 794,876, followed by Texas with 746,860, while the third is Florida with 690,499 and New York fourth with 451,892.

The provisional death toll – 201,882 – far exceeds the lowest of the initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.

US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be more like 50,000 to 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, in whose prediction models of the evolution of the pandemic the White House is often set, estimates that by the November 3 presidential election the United States will have surpassed 258,000 deaths and by December 31, 400,000.

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