On Wednesday, the number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus increased to 1,031 in the United States, with 68,572 cases confirmed nationally, a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University reported. Just a few hours earlier the tracker had reported 827. The United States has the highest number of reported cases behind China and Italy and now, based on reported cases, the death rate in the United States is 1.5 per cent.
This is assumed that the real number of people infected is much higher. It indicates that the actual mortality rate will be lower. New York is one of the hit hardest states in the world, according to the tracker, with 280 deaths in New York City since the start of the pandemic. The virus has killed more than 21,000 people worldwide since being first detected in late December in central China.
A projection shared with Congress earlier this month. It states that the United States could eventually infect between 70 and 150 million people. So, if the actual mortality rate is one per cent, 700,000 to 1.5 million deaths would result. Heart disease was the major cause of death for Americans in 2018. Just over 650,000 deaths, the latest year for which official figures are available. Influenza and pneumonia have caused about 60,000 deaths