The United States reached 1,203,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 71,022 deaths on Tuesday, according to an independent count by John Hopkins University.

The balance at 8 p.m. local time was 24,596 more infections than 24 hours earlier, and 2,333 new deaths.

Of the total number of confirmed cases, 189,791 have been recovered, leaving 942,690 active.

Despite a decline in recent days, New York State remains the major epicenter of the pandemic in the United States with 321,192 confirmed cases and 25,073 deaths. In New York City alone, 19,107 people have died.

New York is followed by neighboring New Jersey with 130,593 confirmed cases and 8,244 deaths, Massachusetts with 70,271 positives for coronavirus and 4,212 deaths, and the state of Illinois, which has reported 65,889 positives and 2,834 deaths.

Other states with a large number of deaths are Michigan with 4,183, Pennsylvania with 3,165 and Connecticut with 2,633.

The provisional death toll – 71,022 – is still below the initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths; but it has already exceeded the more optimistic estimates made “a posteriori” by President Donald Trump of between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths.

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