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US coronavirus death projection lowered, New York fears undercount

US coronavirus death projection lowered, New York fears undercount
Authorities in various states have disclosed data showing the pandemic having a disproportionate impact on African Americans, reflecting longstanding racial inequities in health outcomes in the United States.

NEW YORK: US officials warned Americans to expect alarming numbers of Covid-19 deaths this week, even as an influential university model on Wednesday scaled back its projected U.S. pandemic death toll by 26% to 60,000.

The downward revision in the death toll in the University of Washington model - often cited by U.S. and state policymakers - coincides with comments by some political leaders that caseloads may have reached a plateau in certain areas.

Those assessments in recent  ..

New York officials warned that a spike in the number of people dying at home suggests that the city may be undercounting how many people have died of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio told a briefing that coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the most populous U.S. city had stabilized and that the need for ventilators was lower than projected.

"In the last few days we've actually seen fewer ventilators needed that w ..

"If people start going out again and socially interacting, we could see a really acute second wave," Birx added.

President Donald Trump's administration has called for 30 days of measures, including staying at least six feet (1.8 meters) away from other people, that have upended American life as most people stay isolated at home, shuttering schools and closing businesses, with millions losing their jobs. Some 94% of the U.S. population has been ordered to stay at home.


New York's de Blasio estimated an undercount in the death toll of 100 to 200 people per day who are dying at home but excluded from the city's rapidly growing coronavirus count. So far the city's announced death toll has reflected only COVID-19 diagnoses confirmed in a laboratory.

More than 200 people are dying at home in New York City each day during the pandemic, up from 22 to 32 during the same dates a year ago of March 20 to April 5, according t ..

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