US deaths from coronavirus hit 170,000 ahead of the fall flu season

PHOTO PHOTO: A health care worker places a stretcher in an ambulance at the entrance of the Houston Methodist Hospital emergency room at Texas Medical Center as cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in Houston, Texas, USA, July 8, 2020 REUTERS / Callaghan O’Hare

(Reuters) – The United States reported 170,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, according to a Reuters census, as health officials expressed concern about COVID-19 complicating the fall flu season.

Deaths rose on Sunday with 483, including Florida, Texas and Louisiana, leading to the rise in deaths.

The United States has at least 5.4 million confirmed cases in total of the new coronavirus, the highest in the world and probably an undercount, because the country has not yet tested up to the recommended levels. Falls occur in most states except Hawaii, South Dakota and Illinois.

Public health officials and authorities are worried about a possible recurrence in cases midway through the start of the flu season, which will likely increase efforts to treat the coronavirus.

Centers for Executive Director Robert Redfield warned that the United States may be at its “worst case” if the public does not follow health guidelines in an interview with Web MD.

Months after the pandemic, the U.S. economic recovery from the recession caused by the outbreak is still very much hidden, with some hotspots delaying its reopening and shutting down other businesses.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expects an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the coming months, resulting in 300,000 total deaths in December, and a nearly 75% increase in hospitalizations.

Worldwide, there are at least 21.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 765,000 confirmed deaths. The United States remains the global epicenter of the virus, with about a quarter of all cases and deaths.

Report by Aurora Ellis; edited by Diane Craft

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