COVID-19 in the US: the country registered more than 2000 deaths in the last 24 hours

Image of a patient arriving at the Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. November 17, 2020. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid

The United States registered 2,239 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University baseline count.

More than 200,146 new cases of the new coronavirus were registered in that period in the country, the most affected in the world by the pandemic in absolute terms.

This balance at 20.00 local time (01.00 GMT on Friday) is an absolute record of new infections with 200,146 more than on Wednesday and also the highest number of deaths in 24 hours -2,239- since the beginning of May, in full explosion of the pandemic

Although New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it continues to be the hardest hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 34,215.

It is followed in number of deaths by Texas (20,565), California (18,507), Florida (17,810) and New Jersey (16,689).

Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (11,648), Massachusetts (10,435), Pennsylvania (9,569), Georgia (9,102) or Michigan (8,717).

View of a covid-19 test site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA), today November 18, 2020. EFE / Michael Reynolds
View of a covid-19 test site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA), today November 18, 2020. EFE / Michael Reynolds

As for contagions, Texas has 1,104,526, followed by California with 1,071,266, third is Florida with 914,333, Illinois is fourth with 621,383 and New York fifth with 579,382.

The provisional death toll -252,419- far exceeds the lowest level of the initial estimates of 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 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 often focus on The White House estimates that by the end of the year the United States will reach 320,000 deaths and by March 1, 440,000.

Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States.  REUTERS / Tom Brenner
Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

On the other hand, Joe Biden on Monday expressed his frustration at Donald Trump’s reluctance to cooperate with the transition to the new government and warned that “more people could die” without immediate coordination of actions against the pandemic.

“More people could die if we do not coordinate” on issues such as the distribution of vaccines against covid-19 as soon as possible, the Democratic leader told reporters when asked what is the greatest threat posed by the obstruction of Trump, who still does not recognize the defeat at the polls, the change of government.

If to start planning we have to wait until [el día de investidura] On January 20, we would be behind a month or a month and a half“Said the former vice president. And he added: “So it is important that there is coordination now or as quickly as possible.”

With information from EFE

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