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US Covid-19 infections reach 3.1-million mark with over 134,00 deaths

Washington, July 11 (efe-epa).- The number of Covid-19 infections in the United States has crossed 3.1 million-mark as the number of deaths reached 134,092, according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University.

The figures rose as the country recorded 65,305 new cases of Covid-19 and 863 deaths on Friday.

The number of new infections was a new record, exceeding the 60,000 caused by the outbreaks for the fourth time in a few days in southern and western states such as Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, and Georgia.

New York, however, remains the worst-hit state with 400,299 confirmed cases and 32,307 deaths, second only to Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Mexico.

Some 23,267 people have died in New York City alone.

New York is followed by the neighboring New Jersey with 15,479 deaths, Massachusetts with 8,296 and Illinois with 7,345.

Other states with a large number of deaths are Pennsylvania (6,880), California (6,862), Michigan (6,285) or Connecticut (4,348).

In terms of infections, California is the second state only behind New York with 304,707, Florida the third with 244,151, and Texas the fourth with 243,285.

The overall death toll in the US has already exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 dead, although in his latest calculations he already predicted up to 110,000 dead, a number that has also been exceeded.

Also, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments, whose projections the White House has drawn heavily on, had estimated that the US will have topped 185,000 deaths in October. EFE-EPA

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