US reaches 188,909 deaths from COVID-19

The United States reached this Sunday the number of 6,274,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 188,909 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20.00 local time (00.00 GMT on Monday) is 32,349 more infections than on Saturday and 408 new deaths.

Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the most affected in terms of deaths in the United States with 32,987 (without variation compared to Saturday), more than in France or Spain.

In New York City alone, 23,721 people have died from the disease, according to local authorities, who provided the latest update on the numbers on Saturday.

New York is followed in number of deaths - according to the Johns Hopkins map - by neighboring New Jersey (15,989, unchanged from the previous day), California (13,728), Texas (13,628) and Florida (11,849).

Other states with a large death toll are Massachusetts (9,125), Illinois (8,390), Pennsylvania (7,750, the same number from the previous day) and Michigan (6,806).

In terms of infections, California leads the list with 738,362, followed by Texas with 657,752, while Florida is third with 646,431, and New York fourth with 439,501.

The provisional death toll -188,909- 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 from the pandemic.

US 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 Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, calculates that for the presidential elections of November 3 The United States will have exceeded 258,000 deaths and by December 31, 400,000.