The Morning Dispatch: Nobody Is Juicing COVID-19 Death Numbers

Happy Thursday, and chag sameach to all our readers who celebrated the beginning of Passover last night! We hope you were able to find unique ways to celebrate with friends and loved ones while we’re all sequestered away in our homes.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Wednesday night, there are now 432,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (an 8.4 percent increase from yesterday) and 14,817 deaths (a 14.9 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 3.4 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 2,195,771 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.3 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • Bernie Sanders officially suspended his campaign for president on Wednesday, all but ensuring that Joe Biden will face Donald Trump in the general election in November. 

  • After accounting for new social distancing and hospitalization data, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s coronavirus model is now projecting about 33,000 fewer deaths in the United States than it was last week, down from about 93,000 to 60,000. The model, often cited by the White House, assumes social distancing measures remain in place through August, far later than currently planned.

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