The United States surpassed this Wednesday (29) the mark of the 150,000 deaths caused by COVID-19, according to the count of Johns Hopkins University, reference in the monitoring of the pandemic.
The country, by far the most affected in the world in terms of both deaths and contagions, announced its first death from the new coronavirus in late February.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has registered more than 4.38 million infections, according to data processed in real-time by the Baltimore-based university.
With 150,034 deaths at 3:55 pm local time (4:55 pm Brasília), deaths in the United States far outnumber those recorded in other countries. Next come Brazil (88,539), United Kingdom (45,878), Mexico (44,876), and Italy (35,123).
The pandemic has killed at least 661,461 people worldwide since the end of December, when COVID-19 was first detected in China, according to an AFP count based on official sources at 5 pm Wednesday, Brasília time.
On Tuesday, the world’s first economy totaled an additional 1,592 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, a daily figure that was not achieved in two and a half months.
The new epicenter of the pandemic in the country is in Florida, where 216 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded on Wednesday, surpassing the previous day’s record, and reaching a total of 6,333 deaths.