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Washington, May 22 . .- The United States reached this Friday the figure of 1,600,481 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 95,886 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Saturday) is 25,417 more infections than Thursday and 1,225 new deaths.

New York State remains the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States with 358,154 confirmed cases and 28,853 deaths, a figure similar to that of Spain and only below the United Kingdom and Italy.

In New York City alone, 21,086 people have died.

New York is followed by neighboring New Jersey with 152,579 confirmed cases and 10,985 deaths, the state of Illinois, with 105,444 infections and 4,715 deaths, and Massachusetts, which has reported 90,889 positive for coronavirus and 6,228 deaths.

Other states with large numbers of deaths are Michigan (5,158), Pennsylvania (5,010), California (3,660), and Connecticut, with 3,637.

The provisional balance of deceased -95,886- is close to the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths; But it has already far exceeded the most optimistic calculations made by President Donald Trump “a posteriori” of between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths.

Since then, however, Trump has repeatedly raised his forecast to acknowledge in his latest calculation that the final figure is likely to be between 100,000 and 110,000 dead.

The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME), whose White House often predicts models for the evolution of the pandemic, estimates that by early August the crisis will have left more than 143,000 deaths in United States.