The United States broke again this Wednesday, with 3,784 new deaths, its daily record of deaths by COVID-19, according to data from the independent count of Johns Hopkins University. The record for new cases was also broken on Wednesday with 250,458 infections.
The total balance at 1.00 GMT on Thursday was 16,931,636 cases and 307,076 deaths.
New York State remains the hardest hit by the pandemic with 35,927 deaths, followed by Texas (24,896), California (21,654), Florida (20,204) and New Jersey (18,003).
Other states with large numbers of deaths include Illinois (15,777), Pennsylvania (13,109), Michigan (11,588), Massachusetts (11,513), and Georgia (10,228).
In terms of infections, California has 1,683,606, followed by Texas with 1,531,067, Florida is third with 1,155,335, Illinois is fourth with 870,600 and New York is fifth with 804,555.
The interim death toll – 307,076 – far exceeds the lower of the initial White House estimates, 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 be more like 50,000 to 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose predictive models of the evolution of the pandemic are often used by the White House, estimates that when Trump leaves office on January 20, 380,000 people will have died and by April 1, 500,000.