The United States surpassed the 100,000 death toll from Covid-19 on Wednesday, becoming the first country in the world to exceed that figure, as economic and social reopening advances amid calls for caution by doctors and a worrying increase in cases in some states.

At 8 p.m., the number of deaths was 100,276 (1,401 more than on Tuesday) and infections 1,698,581 (another 18,280), according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

Thus, the number of deaths in the United States has now reached the lowest level of the initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.

The figure was reached as the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and one of the leaders of the White House task force, Anthony Fauci, called for caution in the reopening process. “Let’s not start skipping over the recommendations of some of the guidelines because it’s really tempting fate and looking for trouble,” Fauci said.

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