Study of 'excess deaths' finds there may be another 75,000 unconfirmed COVID-19 ...

US coronavirus death toll may be undercounted by as much as 36%: Study of 'excess deaths' finds there may be another 75,000 unconfirmed COVID-19 fatalities Researchers looked at the number of 'excess' deaths between February and September compared to years prior An analysis of more than 1,000 counties revealed at least 183,000 deaths with COVID-19 assigned as the direct cause of death What's more, for every 100 deaths directly attributed to the virus, there were an additional 36 deaths This means the death toll of 209,000 could actually be undercounted by up to 36% and around 284,000 

By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:05 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 18:46 BST, 5 October 2020

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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

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

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

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