300,000 deaths in America, according to CDC report
A new government report shows the US has recorded 300,000 more deaths than usual since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kept track of how many deaths were reported and compared them with numbers seen in other years.
Typically around 1.9 million deaths are reported between early February and late September. This year there are almost 2.2 million – an increase of 14.5 percent.
Coronavirus was involved in about two-thirds of excessive deaths, according to the CDC.
CDC officials say it is likely the virus has played a role in many other deaths as well. For example, someone with heart attack symptoms may have hesitated to go to a hospital that was busy with coronavirus patients.
Most of the excess deaths, about 95,000, were in the elderly, ages 75 to 84. That was 21.5 percent more than in a normal year.
The largest relative increase, 26.5 percent, was seen in people aged 25 to 44 years. In fact, deaths among people under the age of 25 have decreased slightly.
Deaths were recorded for different races and ethnic groups, but the largest increase, 54 percent, was among Hispanic Americans.
Reporting by AP