Washington, Jan 13 (EFE News) .- The United States reached a cumulative 23,047,409 cases of covid-19 and 384,277 deaths this Wednesday, at a time when the pandemic does not give truce, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
These figures correspond to 20:00 local time on Wednesday (01:00 GMT on Thursday).
The country, which is the hardest hit in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, averaged 3,300 deaths a day in the last week, after registering another record of deaths in one day on Tuesday, 4,327, according to data collected by the university.
The daily average of the last seven days means an increase of 217% since mid-November, according to the same source, whose figures also indicate that the five highest peaks in deaths since the beginning of the pandemic have been registered in the first weeks of 2021.
New York State remains the worst hit in the country by the pandemic with 40,192 deaths, followed by Texas (31,272), California (31,258), Florida (23,396) and New Jersey (20,161).
Other states with large numbers of deaths are Illinois (19,617), Pennsylvania (18,412), Michigan (14,336), Massachusetts (13,359) and Georgia (11,803).
In terms of infections, California has 2,822,363 positives, followed by Texas with 2,039,114, third is Florida with 1,517,472, New York is fourth with 1,179,266 and Illinois fifth with 1,046,030.
The provisional death toll -384,277- far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which in the best of cases projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.
The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, 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 deaths, a number that has also been far exceeded .
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, calculates that when Trump leaves power 420,000 people will have died on January 20 and 560,000 by April 1.