The death toll from coronavirus has reached more than 20,000 and the number of people with the virus in the US is increasing rapidly, according to a new report from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
The Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (IHCE) said the number had risen to more than 32,000 by early June, with more than 2,000 cases reported in the last week alone.
It said that of the 5,000 people diagnosed with the coronaviruses, about 1,000 have died, and that many more had contracted other strains.
Of the people who have died from the coronivirus, around 8% were infected while in the air and 2% died in the hospital.
Health experts have warned that the pandemic could leave a legacy of increased infections, higher costs and increased health care costs.
In a report released earlier this month, the Institute estimated that the cost of treating the virus would rise by $3 trillion over the next decade.
Its chief executive, Michael Sivak, said the report highlighted the need for improved surveillance and rapid testing for the virus.
“As the pandemics have spread, there has been an explosion of cases and a significant increase in deaths from the virus, and our ability to identify and treat these infections has diminished,” Mr Sivach said.
He added that in addition to the death toll, coronaviral infections have left millions of people in the United States without health insurance.
According to the IHCE, there were 7.3 million people in direct contact with the airborne virus, while the number was around 6 million for other illnesses.
For some people, they may be able to trace the virus back to the same person who contracted it, but there is little or no genetic testing available for the rest of the population.
An estimated 2.3 billion people in 40 countries have tested positive for the coronovirus.
Mr Sivac said the findings were of major concern to governments and healthcare providers because the pandemaker’s spread is spreading quickly and it was not yet clear how long the virus could be present in a country.
“We have a pandemic and the virus is very, very,very strong, but we do not yet have a disease model for the spread of the virus,” he said.
“The problem is, we don’t know what it will do in a community.”
In New Zealand, the number has increased to about 2,400.
There have been more than 200 coronavireases recorded in New Zealand since the first cases were reported on September 30.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister announced the death of the country’s first person diagnosed with coronaviroids.
New Zealand Chief Health Officer Simon Bridges said a total of four New Zealanders had been diagnosed with COVID-19 since September 29.
While New Zealand has recorded only two deaths from COVID, Bridges said the country had recorded at least 18 deaths in the UK and six deaths in Spain.