USA exceeds 12 million cases of COVID-19

The United States reached 12,051,253 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 255,588 deaths from the COVID-19 disease on Saturday, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance represents 155,377 new infections and 1,291 additional deaths compared to Friday.

The barrier of 12 million cases was surpassed just six days after the US reached 11 million infections, and only 12 days after it reached 10 million, in a sign of the strong rebound in infections that the country lives.

On Thursday, the United States set an absolute record for new infections, with 200,146 more cases than on Wednesday and also the highest number of deaths in 24 hours -2,239- since the beginning of May, in the middle of the explosion of the pandemic.

Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States, with 34,287.

They are followed in number of deaths by Texas (20,751), California (18,666), Florida (17,930) and New Jersey (16,746).

Other states with a large death toll are Illinois (11,951), Massachusetts (10,488), Pennsylvania (9,775), Georgia (9,179) or Michigan (8,775).

In terms of infections, Texas has 1,117,583, followed by California with 1,099,523, third is Florida with 931,827, Illinois is fourth with 646,286 and New York fifth with 584,850.

The provisional death toll -255,588- exceeds the lower figure of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to 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 Assessments (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 United States will reach the 320,000 deceased and by March 1 at 440,000.