“Of those, nearly 19,000 deaths were confirmed or presumed to be due to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.
“That leaves 5,300 “excess deaths,” which “might have been directly or indirectly attributable to the pandemic,” the CDC said.
The agency noted that the “excess deaths” could have resulted from “indirect impacts of the pandemic,” such as delays in seeking or receiving medical care because of overburdened hospitals, social-distancing measures or fears of contagion.
“Tracking excess mortality is important to understanding the contribution to the death rate from both COVID-19 disease and the lack of availability of care for non-COVID conditions,” the report said, adding that further investigation was needed.
New York City has been the epicentre of the pandemic in the United States and one of the worst-affected places in the world.
Its official death toll includes more than 14,700 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,100 “probable” cases, but officials have acknowledged the real toll is likely higher.(dpa/NAN)