MORE than 53 million people have had Covid-19 in the US where there are almost eight infections missed for every one caught, per CDC estimates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated that there were over 50 million Americans infected with coronavirus by September – but many cases had not been caught.
That figure is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time, reports said.
The CDC had previously estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed.
The more recent calculation is supposed to paint a more accurate picture of how many people actually contracted the deadly virus since the pandemic pummeled the USA.
Of the 53 million estimated infections, around 45 million were sick at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized, according to the agency.
On November 24, the CDC reported 12,498,734 cases of the new coronavirus – an uptick of 165,282 from its previous count.
Reuters reported that the number of deaths had risen by 1,989 to 259,005.
This was the CDC tally as of 4 pm ET on November 24 versus its previous report a day earlier.
The news comes as America has suffered its deadliest day since May with more than 2,100 daily coronavirus deaths as fears of a Thanksgiving “timebomb” spiral.
Across the US, hospitals have been overwhelmed with Covid patients – with at least one medical center turning a parking lot into treatment areas.
The death toll reached 2,157 on Tuesday – one person every 40 seconds – with another 170,000 people infected.
Experts worry those numbers could explode with more than six million Americans disregarding official warnings and traveling for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.
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