US exceeds 3.8 million cases and 140,900 deaths from COVID-19

Washington, Jul 20 (efe-epa).- The United States on Monday reached 3,823,369 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 140,922 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.

This was the balance at 20.00 local time (00.00 GMT on Tuesday).

Despite the fact that Florida, Texas and California are now the states with the most infections, New York still remains the state worst hit in the United States by the pandemic, with 407,326 confirmed cases and 32,506 deaths.

In New York City alone, 23,411 people have died.

New York is followed in death by neighboring New Jersey with 15,715, Massachusetts with 8,433 and California with 7,746.

Other states with a large number of deaths are Illinois with 7,494, Pennsylvania with 7,018, Michigan with 6,373, Florida with 5,072 or Connecticut with 4,406.

As for infections, California is the second state -only behind New York- with 394,936 cases, Florida the third, with 360,394, and Texas the fourth, with 340,621.

The provisional balance of deaths – 140,922 – has already far exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, 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 rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, in whose models of prediction of the evolution of the pandemic the White House often sets, calculates that the United States will arrive in October with about 200,000 dead, and that for the presidential elections of Nov. 3 could touch 225,000. EFE-EPA


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