Study finds much lower coronavirus fatality rate than prior estimates shared by top health officials

A new study found the fatality rate associated with the coronavirus pandemic to be much lower than earlier estimates by top U.S. and global health officials.

The findings, published on Monday by the Lancet medical journal, estimate the fatality rate of those infected by the coronavirus is 0.66%, which is still higher than the seasonal flu death rate at 0.1%, but much lower than estimates proposed by world leaders as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across the globe.

The World Health Organization said in the beginning of March that the global death rate for the novel coronavirus was 3.4%.

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