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‘New Yor City COVID-19 death toll may be worse than official tally’

New York state, the epicentre of the pandemic in the US, has reported a total of 26,682 COVID-19 fatalities, with 337,055 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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New York, May 12 : A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that there were over 5,000 deaths in New York City between March and early May that were not previously identified.

The report released on Monday suggested the true number of cases and deaths in New York City is likely much higher than reported as some people infected went undetected, reports Xinhua news agency.

New York City health officials reported a total of 13,831 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated deaths, and 5,048 probable COVID-19-associated deaths between March 11 and May 2 in New York City, according to the CDC report.

The number of confirmed or probable COVID-19 deaths might not include deaths among persons with the coronavirus infection “who did not access diagnostic testing, tested falsely negative, or became infected after testing negative, died outside of a health care setting, or for whom COVID-19 was not suspected by a health care provider as a cause of death”, the report said.

This number also does not include death cases that are not directly associated with the coronavirus infection, it added.

There were an additional 5,293 deaths that were not previously identified as confirmed or probable coronavirus cases that “might have been directly or indirectly attributable to the pandemic”, the CDC said.

New York state, the epicentre of the pandemic in the US, has reported a total of 26,682 COVID-19 fatalities, with 337,055 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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26 die in fresh lightning strikes across Bihar

The Meteorological Department on Wednesday had issued an alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours.

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Patna, July 2 : In Bihar, more people were killed by lightning strikes in a week than due to coronavirus. On Thursday, 26 more people died in fresh lightning strikes across the state.

An official of the Disaster Management Department said, according to information received from the districts, 26 people died due to lightning strikes on Thursday in the state – six in Patna, four in East Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and West Champaran districts.

The Meteorological Department on Wednesday had issued an alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours in Bihar.

On Tuesday, 11 people had died by lightning in various districts of Bihar, while on June 26, at least 96 people died across Bihar in lightning strikes.

So far more than 78 people have died due to Covid-19 in Bihar in more than three months since the first case was detected in the state and more than 10,000 are infected with the virus, while more than 125 people were killed by lightning strikes in the state in just a week.

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‘US risks greater COVID-19 outbreak if latest surge not controlled’

“Clearly we are not in control right now,” Fauci testified, warning that not enough Americans are wearing masks or social distancing.

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Washington, July 2 : Anthony Fauci, the top US expert in infectious diseases, has expressed his concern over the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, warning of the risk of a greater outbreak if the latest surge is not controlled.

“We got hit very badly, worse than any country, with regard to the number of cases and the number of deaths,” Fauci told the BBC on Wednesday.

“The problem we”re facing now is that in an attempt to so-called reopen or open the government and get it back to some form of normality, we”re seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the US.

“We”ve got to get that under control or we risk an even greater outbreak in the US,” he added.

As of Thursday, the US accounted for the world”s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,685,806 and 128,061, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Comparing the situation in the US to how some European countries controlled the spread of the virus, Fauci told the BBC: “They closed down to the tune of about 97 per cent lockdown. In the US, even in the most strict lockdown, only about 50 per cent of the country locked down. That allowed the perpetuation of the outbreak.”

“We need to engender some societal responsibility in people, particularly the younger people,” he said, adding that young people were less likely to be seriously affected by COVID-19 but could still spread the disease.

Fauci”s remarks on Wednesday came a day after he told the US Senate that he “would not be surprised” if new virus cases in the country reach 100,000 per day, the BBC reported.

“Clearly we are not in control right now,” Fauci testified, warning that not enough Americans are wearing masks or social distancing.

On Tuesday, cases rose by more than 40,000 in one day for the fourth time in the past five days.

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96 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.

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Yangon, July 2 : At least 96 people were killed and many others were reported missing on Thursday after a jade mine collapsed due to a landslide in Myanmar’s Kachin state, authorities said.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at the jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 8a.m., Xinhua news agency quoted a statement from the Fire Services Department as saying.

Hundreds of miners were feared buried as the landslide took place during their work hours, but the exact number of casualties are yet to be known and rescue works are being carried out, a township police official told Xinhua.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.

A major landslide occurred in the region in November 2015, leaving at least 116 people dead.

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