According to a report released recently, nearly 300,000 more people have died in the United States this year during the coronavirus pandemic than expected, based on historical trends.
About two-thirds of the deaths were due to COVID-19 illnesses.
The report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that a little more than 299,000 more people died during the period January 26 to October 3 than the average numbers from past years would have indicated.
The CDC did not provide specific explanations for the excess deaths but said it expects the cases to include those related directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
The agency found that excess deaths have occurred every week since March 2020.
Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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