The United States reached 3,634,807 confirmed covid-19 cases and 139,076 deaths on Friday, according to the independent Johns Hopkins University tally. This is 74,433 more contagions than on Thursday and 891 new deaths. Although Florida, Texas, and California are now the most contagious states, New York remains the state hardest hit by the pandemic with 405,551 confirmed cases and 32,452 deaths. In New York City alone, 23,377 people have died. New York is followed by neighboring New Jersey with 15,684 dead, Massachusetts with 8,402 and California with 7,491.
Other states with a large death toll include Illinois with 7,465, Pennsylvania with 7,004, Michigan with 6,355, Florida with 4,804 and Connecticut, with 4,396. In terms of contagion, California is the second state behind only New York with 365,125, Florida the third with 327,234 and Texas the fourth with 315,977.The provisional balance of the deceased – 139,076 – has already surpassed the lowest level of the Initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from pandemic disease. President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be more between the 50,000 and 60,000 dead, although in his last estimates he has already predicted to 110,000 dead, a number that has also been surpassed. For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose models of predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that the United States will arrive in October with some 200,000 dead.