The United States reached the figures of 1,618,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 96,983 deaths with the disease this Saturday, according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University.
This balance, at 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Sunday), is 18,467 more infections than on Friday and 1,103 new deaths.
New York State remains the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with 359,926 confirmed cases and 29,031 deaths, a figure similar to that of Spain and only below the United Kingdom and Italy.
21,138 people have died in New York City, according to records from the American university.
New York State is followed by neighboring New Jersey, with 153,140 confirmed cases and 11,082 deaths; Illinois, with 107,796 infections and 4,790 deaths, and Massachusetts, which accounts for 91,662 coronavirus positives and 6,304 deaths.
Other states with a large number of deaths are Michigan with 5,224, Pennsylvania with 5,100, California with 3,670 or Connecticut with 3,675.
The provisional balance of deaths -96,983- 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 “a posteriori” by US President Donald Trump, of between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths.
The Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose predictive models for the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the beginning of August the crisis will have left more than 143,000 deaths in United States.
During this long weekend in the USA For the celebration of Memorial Day, several states will open the beaches to the public, as part of the measures to move toward reopening after the confinement ordered by the authorities to contain the spread of the pandemic.