Experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that the number of people who have died from the coronovirus outbreak is growing, but there are still some gaps in the information they have available.
The CDC has said there are now 4.4 million people who are infected with the virus and more than 5 million new cases are expected by the end of the year.
“The number of confirmed cases of coronaviruses continues to rise,” said Dr Peter Gunz, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
“But we’re not at that number yet.”
“There are a lot of people dying and there are a few cases that have come forward,” he added.
“We still have a lot to learn about what the true toll is going to be.”
The CDC said that in the first 10 days of the outbreak, the number has reached 1.5 million people.
But experts have not said what this number means.
Some say that the actual number of deaths could be much higher, but others have argued that the true number is still under-reported.
The latest figure from the CDC came from a post-coital survey, and was based on the data from 1,500 people who had not been infected with coronaviral disease, according to Dr Gunz.
This means that in reality, some people who tested positive for coronavovirus may have died, even if they have not yet had a full blown case.
“So even if you think that there is only a handful of people that are going to have a full-blown coronavivirus, then that number of infections may be much larger,” said Paul Bales, a professor at the University of Michigan and a former director of a coronavire testing lab.
Dr Gunz said that while there is a huge amount of data available, the way it was collected, collected and analysed was flawed.
“There’s a lot that’s been collected, but the data is not very clear on what it’s telling us,” he said.
There is also a need for the US government to do more, he added, noting that the data shows that the US health system is overwhelmed.
“It’s not enough to have the CDC and the government say, ‘OK, we’ve got this problem, let’s figure out what the solution is’,” Dr Gunzan said.
“We need to figure out, ‘How can we build a better system and a more efficient system?'”
The UK government has also been criticised for not taking action to tackle the problem, and has even asked for help from the European Union.
The UK has said that it will only pay for testing if it is able to provide the necessary data and has also said that the UK’s coronavirovirus monitoring service, called the National Laboratory for Viral Surveillance and Control (NLVC) should be used to test people who come into contact with the outbreak.
“The National Laboratory is currently under the control of the Government of the United Kingdom and we do not have any plans to change that,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health told the BBC.
In an interview with the BBC, the spokesperson said that UK testing has been up to the standards of the European nations and that the country will only use testing if the UK government can provide it with adequate data.
The UK health system has so far been unable to keep up with the pace of infections and has only recorded around 400,000 cases.
While the UK has been able to prevent the spread of the virus, the new data shows there is still a lot more to be done, Dr Gunza said.
“We’ve had about 5 million infections, and this is only in the last two weeks.
We still have the same number of cases as we had a week ago, but we have a little bit of a lag time, a little less than a week, before people get tested again,” he explained.”
If you want to prevent people getting infected, you need to prevent that lag time.
If you want a very efficient system to keep track of these infections and to stop new infections from emerging, you can’t do that by relying on testing.”
Dr Gunzan also warned that we still have much to learn from the outbreak and that while the numbers are rising, we still need to understand how it happened.
“People have a hard time understanding that it is happening,” he noted.
“It is a very different phenomenon than a pandemic.”
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