Washington, Aug 27 . .- The United States reached this Thursday the number of 5,860,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 180,527 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Friday) is 42,859 more infections than on Wednesday and 931 new deaths.
Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it remains the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 32,926, more than in France or Spain.
In New York City alone, 23,674 people have died.
New York is followed in number of deaths by neighboring New Jersey (15,921), California (12,626), Texas (12,156) and Florida (10,868).
Other states with large death toll are Massachusetts (9,008), Illinois (8,185), Pennsylvania (7,611), and Michigan (6,706).
In terms of infections, California has 690,069, followed by Texas with 612,100, third is Florida with 611,991 and New York is fourth with 432,131.
The provisional death toll -180,527- has already far exceeded the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which in the best of cases projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to 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 255,000 deaths and by December 1, 310,000.