Covid-19. The US exceeds 250 thousand deaths from coronavirus

United States this Wednesday reached a quarter of a million (250,029) killed by covid-19, while infections are close to 11.5 million, according to the independent count of the Johns Hopkins University.

The United States remains the country hardest hit by the pandemic with 18.57% of deaths worldwide and 20.47% of cases.

The United States is followed by Brazil with 166,699, India with 130,993 and Mexico with 99,026. In number of cases, India is second, after the US, with 8.9 million infections, Brazil is third with 5.9 million and France, fourth with 2.1 million.

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New York, which was the global epicenter of the pandemic in April, is still the state with the most deceased in the United States with 34,173, followed by Texas (20,147), California (18,402), Florida (17,731) and New Jersey (16,655).

Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (11,468), Massachusetts (10,407), Pennsylvania (9,463), Georgia (9,085) or Michigan (8,573).

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The quarter of a million deaths occur when the US is experiencing an explosion of infected with about 150,000 daily and a level of deaths only seen last spring.

Furthermore, the figure far exceeds the initial estimates of the White House, whose experts projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.

The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, who has repeatedly underestimated the dangerousness of the virus, lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 dead, numbers that have 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 are often set by the White House, estimates that by the end of the year the US will reach the 320,000 deaths and for March 1 at 440,000.