By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:05 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 18:46 BST, 5 October 2020
The death toll in the US from the novel coronavirus is likely much higher than official figures suggest, a new study claims.
More than 209,000 people have died due to COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
But researchers say the number of 'excess deaths' is several times more than what would be expected in a normal year.
For every 100 deaths directly attributed to COVID-19, there were another 36 excess deaths, meaning the count should be about 36 percent higher, the team, led by the University of Pennsylvania, found.
This means that the true fatality count could actually be around 284,000.
A new study, led by the University of Pennsylvania, found that for every 100 deaths directly attributed to COVID-19, there were an additional 36 deaths
This means the death toll of 209,000 could actually be undercounted by as much as 36% and stand around 284,000. Pictured: Bodies are moved to a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, April 6
Excess deaths are defined as over and above the number of people who would have died anyway - the typical mortality rate of a population.
Lead author Dr Andrew Stokes, an assistant professor of global health at