The United States surpassed this Thursday for the first time since the start of the pandemic 3,000 deaths by COVID-19 in a single day, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University. Specifically, the country added 3,202 new deaths until reaching 292,091.
In addition, 210,887 infections were added to those of Wednesday, for a total of 15,582,840 cases.
New York State remains the hardest hit in the country for the pandemic, with 35,266 dead, followed by Texas (23,897), California (20,516), Florida (19,591) and New Jersey (17,608). Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (14,844), Pennsylvania (11,961), Massachusetts (11,209), Michigan (10,900) or Georgia (9,975).
As to contagions, California totals 1,467,956; Texas follows with 1,373,146; third is Florida with 1,094,697; Illinois is fourth with 823,531 and New York fifth with 743,242.
The provisional balance of deceased -292,091- far exceeds the lower bound of the initial estimates from 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 later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that it has also been overcome.
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 when Trump leaves power next 20 of January 380,000 people will have died and by April 1 500,000.