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The worst daily toll in the world since the start of the pandemic. For the second consecutive day, nearly 2,000 people died of the coronavirus in 24 hours in the United States, announced Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday evening.

This new increase (+1,973 deaths), slightly higher than that of the previous day (+1,939), brings to 14,695 the total number of deaths recorded. The balance sheet of the United States now exceeds that of Spain (14,555 dead), but not yet that of Italy (17,669).

New York State, home of the epidemic

The United States alone also has more than a quarter of the officially declared cases in the world: 429,052 in total, according to figures from Johns Hopkins, continuously updated. The United States has recorded since the middle of last week more than 1,000 new daily deaths, despite the containment measures which have been gradually implemented, State by State.

New York State is by far the main focus of the American epidemic, with 6,268 deaths reported. It has recorded a new record increase in the last 24 hours (+779), but the situation stabilizes there, tried to reassure its governor, Andrew Cuomo, on Wednesday, while recalling that the New Yorkers were "absolutely not out of the woods ”.

"We often do better than many other countries"

Authorities warned last week that between 100,000 and 240,000 people in total could die from Covid-19 in the United States, but Donald Trump said he was confident he could "do much better" than these projections. “We have carefully studied the figures for Italy and Spain. We often do better than many other countries, ”said Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House virus crisis unit.

"The American healthcare system is quite extraordinary." The pandemic has infected more than 1.46 million people worldwide and has killed at least 86,289 people, in 192 countries, since its appearance in December in China, according to a count made by AFP from official sources Wednesday at 7 p.m. GMT.


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