COVID-19: 1,262 dead in 24 hours in the United States

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WASHINGTON | The United States has recorded 1,262 new COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the benchmark Johns Hopkins University 8:30 p.m. Wednesday count.

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A figure similar to that of the day before which brings to nearly 158,000 the total number of deaths recorded in the country since the start of the new coronavirus pandemic, which appeared in December in China.

The United States has also identified 53,158 new cases of infection in a day, for a total toll of 4.82 million, according to figures, updated continuously, the university based in Baltimore.

The country is by far the most affected in the world by the pandemic in absolute terms, but the resolutely optimistic President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the virus would “disappear”.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to go away,” he said at a White House press conference on COVID-19.

An exercise that he brought up to date recently, almost daily, after a resurgence of the epidemic since the end of June in many states in the south and west of the country.

One of them, Florida, has alone recorded more than half a million cases since the start of the crisis.

The health authorities of this tourist state, which has 21 million inhabitants, announced on Wednesday a decrease in the number of daily cases of contamination.

A slowdown due in part to the closure last week of screening centers, as a precaution, as tropical storm Isaias approached its coast.

Arizona, in the west of the country, is among the other hardest hit states right now.

More than 500 inmates at a Tucson city jail – nearly half of the facility’s total population – have tested positive, local prison officials have said.

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