The United States on Thursday reached 4,876,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 159,990, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
That balance at 8 pm local time (00:00 GMT on Friday) is 58,462 more infections than on Wednesday and 2,060 new deaths, the highest number of deaths in the last three months.
That hefty number was reached after Johns Hopkins University added more than 1,000 deaths in Texas in the past 24 hours to reach 8,547, a total that differs from that provided by the state, which is 7,803.
Although New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the hardest hit in terms of deaths in the United States, with 32,754, more than in France or Spain.
In New York City alone, 23,563 people died.
New York is followed in number of deaths by neighboring New Jersey with 15,849, California with 9,965, Massachusetts with 8,661 and Texas with 8,547.
Other states with a large number of deaths are Illinois with 7,791, Florida with 7,747, Pennsylvania with 7,286 or Michigan with 6,506.
In terms of infections, California has 537,410, followed by Florida, with 510,389, the third is Texas, with 482,890, and New York, the fourth, with 418,928.
The provisional death toll – 159,990 – has far exceeded the lowest level of initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final number would prefer between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although he later predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that was also exceeded.
For its part, the University of Washington Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME), whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often established by the White House, estimates that for the November 3 presidential election, the United States will have exceeded 230,000 deaths.