Washington, May 24 (EFE) .- The United States accounted this Sunday for 1,640,972 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 97,679 deaths due to the disease, according to an independent count by Johns Hopkins University.
This balance, at 20:00 local time (00:00 GMT on Monday), is 22,024 more infections than on Saturday and 696 new deaths.
The figures for this Sunday reflect a decrease in deaths, but positive cases for COVID-19 continue to grow.
New York State remains the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with 361,515 confirmed cases and 29,1411 deaths, a figure similar to that of Spain and France.
In New York City, 21,216 people have died, according to records from authorities in the Big Apple.
New York state is followed by neighboring New Jersey, with 154,154 confirmed cases and 11,138 deaths; Illinois, with 110,304 infections and 4,856 deaths, and Massachusetts, which accounts for 92,675 positive for coronavirus and 6,372 deaths.
Other states with a large number of deaths are Michigan with 5,232, Pennsylvania with 5,136, California with 3,740 or Connecticut with 3,696.
The provisional balance of deceased -97,679- is close to the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths; But it has already far exceeded the most optimistic calculations made “a posteriori” by US President Donald Trump, of between 50,000 and 60,000 deceased.
The Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose predictive models for the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, estimates that by the beginning of August the crisis will have left more than 143,000 deaths in United States.
Americans enjoy a long weekend celebrating Memorial Day, a date traditionally considered the start of summer in the country.
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