The United States reached 2,278,373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 119,959 deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University. This balance on Monday was 27,000 more infections than on Saturday and 304 new deaths. After two consecutive days with more than 30,000 new cases per day, the figure dropped slightly on Sunday.
The upsurge in infections in states such as California (with 4,515 more), Florida (4,049 more), Texas (4,430 more) and Arizona (3,109 more) has once again triggered the global count.
Thus, the focus of the pandemic in the United States has now shifted from the battered East Coast to the Sunbelt states of California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, which together account for nearly half of the new cases nationwide.
New York, where the epidemic appears to be under control, remains, however, the state hardest hit in the US by the pandemic, with nearly 400,000 confirmed cases and 31,083 deaths, a figure only below those of Brazil, the UK and Italy. In New York City alone, more than 22,000 people have died.
The provisional death toll – 119,959 – has already surpassed the lowest of the initial White House estimates, which projected at best between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from the pandemic.