Dr. Anthony Fauci Refutes COVID-19 Death Toll Claim Retweeted By Trump

Dr. Anthony Fauci this week debunked an online theory that suggested the coronavirus had accounted for only 9,000 U.S. fatalities, noting that such a figure was only a fraction of the actual death toll. 

The infectious disease expert stated unequivocally on “Good Morning America” that more than 180,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. 

“The point that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else, just COVID,” Fauci said Tuesday. “That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19, but they did. So the numbers you’ve been hearing, the 180,000 plus, are real deaths from COVID-19.”

“Let there not be any confusion about that,” he added. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180,000-plus deaths.”

Fauci’s comments came in response to an Aug. 26 CDC report which found that

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Washington’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 1,800

SEATTLE, WA — Health officials reported 543 new coronavirus cases and 24 additional deaths in Washington on Tuesday. Per the latest data, at least 68,264 patients have tested positive in Washington since the crisis began, and 1,809 patients have died from complications linked to COVID-19.

A day earlier, state health officials said system maintenence interfered with some data reporting over the weekend, leading to a likely underreporting of new cases Monday.

At least 4,074 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s case tracker. The latest figures continue to show improvement in the daily number of illnesses reported. However, much of the state’s counties still show a rate of cases by population much higher than the target threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days.

The state Department of Health is in the process of

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1.48m more Americans file for unemployment as pandemic takes toll

Another 1.48 million people filed for unemployment insurance across the US last week, as the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic continued and infection rates picked up in many states.

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Claims for unemployment insurance have now fallen for 12 weeks in a row, but remain historically high. About 47 million people have now filed for benefits in the last 14 weeks, with 3m claims made in the last two weeks. Last week’s figure was just 60,000 lower than the previous week.

The latest figure comes even as states across the country have begun reopening after relaxing quarantine measures. But surges in infection rates in states, including new record highs in states including Arizona, California and Texas, are likely to prove a further drag on the economic recovery.

Nicholas Juhle, head of economic research at Greenleaf Trust,

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