Intensive care in a hospital in Los Angeles, California (Reuters)

United States recorded this Tuesday 1,592 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, the worst daily balance for two and a half months, according to Johns Hopkins University figures updated in the early hours of Wednesday.

The country also reported more than 60,000 new infections in one day, after a slight decrease in the previous two days. You have to go back to mid-May to find a worse daily balance of deaths: on May 15 there were 1,680 deaths.

In total, the pandemic has left more than 4.34 million infected and 149,000 dead in the United States, the most hit country in the world in absolute terms.

After an improvement in late spring, the epidemic has rebounded since June, especially in the south and west of the country.

Florida is the state of most concern. With 186 deaths in 24 hours, it surpassed 6,000 deaths from the coronavirus and is now the second state with the highest number of cases, more than 440,000, behind California.

A sign informs customers of a restaurant about the mandatory use of a mask, on Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, Florida.  (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)
A sign informs customers of a restaurant about the mandatory use of a mask, on Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Both states have already exceeded the number of infected detected in New York, which was for weeks the epicenter of the epidemic in the country.

Given the explosion in the number of cases, experts fear that the death curve will follow the same trajectory, with delay, since the scientific consensus is that the wave of deaths comes three or four weeks after the wave of infections..

Washington has disbursed $ 6.3 billion since March to finance projects for labs like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and for two biotech companies, Novavax and Moderna.

The provisional balance of deaths (almost 150,000) has already far exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from 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 he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, in whose models of prediction of the evolution of the pandemic the White House often sets, calculates that the United States will arrive in October with about 200,000 dead and that for the presidential elections of November 3 could touch 220,000.

(With information from AFP and EFE)


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