COVID-19 pandemic caused 18 percent spike in USA deaths

Official COVID-19 count may understimate deaths by 28 percent

Official COVID-19 count may underestimate deaths by 28 percent UPI1 Jul 2020

In testimony Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, predicted the number of new coronavirus cases in the US could soon reach 100,000 per day.

"The gap between the official COVID-19 tally and the excess deaths has been shrinking over time and has almost disappeared in some places, like New York City", Daniel Weinberger, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and first author of the study, said in a statement.

With the US death toll at more than 127,000, by far the highest in the world, the June 29-30 poll found that 81% of American adults said they are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about the pandemic, the most since a similar poll conducted May 11-12. That's higher than the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's tally of 95,235. About nine in 10 Democrats said they are similarly anxious, a level of concern that has not changed.

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Fauci said there was no guarantee of a vaccine, although early data had been promising: "Hopefully there will be doses available by the beginning of next year", he said.

There have been nearly 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the USA and more than 129,000 people who have tested positive for the virus have died. Millions have lost their jobs as the economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and is expected to crater in the second.

The European Union has excluded Americans from its "safe list" of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel beginning on Wednesday.

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee who will face Trump in the November 3 presidential election, has attacked Trump's handling of the crisis and on Tuesday released an updated plan to tackle the pandemic.

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"It didn't have to be this way".

The researchers also said: "Efforts to track the severity and public health impact of COVID-19 in the U.S. have been hampered by state-level differences in diagnostic test availability".

This means that health officials likely missed 27,000 deaths linked to the virus, and making the death toll much higher than previously believed.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day's tallies. Texas and Florida were named last week. The period covers the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak so far in parts of the United States.

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Boom said he was anxious about Independence Day celebrations this weekend, when Americans traditionally flock to beaches and campgrounds to watch fireworks displays.

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