U.S this Saturday reached 28,072,124 confirmed cases of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and 497,568 deaths from the disease adding 2,098 more deaths than Friday and 100,747 new infections, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
California is now the state hit hardest by the pandemic with 49,046 deaths, followed by New York (46,703), Texas (42,032), Florida (29,813), Pennsylvania (23,540), New Jersey (22,834) and Illinois (22,426).
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Other states with high death toll include Ohio (16,749), Georgia (16,742), Michigan (16,342), Massachusetts (15,779), and Arizona (15,480).
As for infections, California has 3,525,599, followed by Texas with 2,591,564, third is Florida with 1,863,707, New York is fourth with 1,585,435 and Illinois is fifth with 1,172,736.
The provisional death toll -497,568- far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
The new president of the United States, Joe Biden, has predicted that in February there will be more than half a million deaths and that in total more than 600,000 will die.
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (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 June 1 some will have died. 615,000.
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