More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

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WASHINGTON, March 26, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – The number of deaths caused by the
novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with
68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins
University showed.

The tracker had showed 827 just a few hours earlier. The United States has
the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the
US death rate is now 1.5 percent, based on reported cases.

The true number of infected people is believed to be far higher, meaning
the real death rate would be lower.

New York is one of the hardest hit states in the country, with 280 deaths
in New York city since the start of the pandemic, according to the tracker.

The virus has killed more than 21,000 people around the world after it was
first identified in central China in late December.

A projection shared with Congress earlier this month said that between 70
to 150 million people could eventually be infected in the United States.

If the real mortality rate is one percent, this would result in 700,000 to
1.5 million deaths.

Heart disease was the leading cause of death for Americans in 2018, the
latest year for which official figures are available, with just over 650,000
deaths.

The flu and pneumonia caused around 60,000 deaths.

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