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The United States reached 18,634,141 confirmed cases and 328,849 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Friday) is 3,310 more deaths than on Tuesday and 224,475 new infections.

New York State remains the worst hit in the country by the pandemic with 37,013 deaths, followed by Texas (26,958), California (23,944), Florida (20,995) and New Jersey (18,677).

Other states with large death toll are Illinois (16,960), Pennsylvania (14,766), Michigan (12,415), Massachusetts (11,963), and Georgia (10,582).

In terms of infections, California, which has become the new epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, surpassed the two million barrier with 2,045,772.

California is followed by Texas with 1,663,752, third is Florida with 1,247,546, New York is fourth with 931,642 and Illinois fifth with 925,107.

The provisional death toll – 328,849 – far exceeds the lower limit of the initial White House estimates, which projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic in the best of cases.

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 Evaluations (IHME) of 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 next 20 By January 420,000 people will have died and by April 1 560,000.

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