The nation’s death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000 in the last 24 hours, but even that figure belied a grim truth: the real number of deaths is higher, but no one knows how much. “There is no doubt the official death toll is an undercount,” New York City Councilman Mark Levine, the health committee chairman, told ABC News. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is well aware that the figures – which keep going up – do not tell the full story. “The current data on presumptive and lab-confirmed cases and deaths are underestimates,” CDC spokesman Scott Pauley said Monday. “Right now, we believe that the number of deaths we have reported paints an informative picture of the scope of epidemic.” In New York City, the current epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, the number of dead stood at 2,738 as of Monday evening, according to city statistics. And getting a full picture of the disease remains as important as it is elusive in these first weeks of the American COVID-19 crisis. Experts say the only way to get a full understanding of the viral enemy is to know how many it has killed and

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