Nigerian woman in viral video killed by COVID-19 in New York identified as Olubunmi Olugbileeti

A Nigerian woman killed by COVID-19 in New York has been identified as Olubuni Olugbileeti. She was 47 years old.

The video of her corpse being removed from an apartment in New York with neighbors praying and singing sad songs in the background was so heartbreaking it went viral in the United States and in Nigeria.

Olubunmi Olugbileeti was born on January 31, 1973, and died on May 3, 2020, according to an obituary.

Details about why she died at home were not yet clear. It was not also clear whether she lived alone or with family members.

Friends and family members said she will be missed.

COVID-19 has killed more than 72,000 people in the United States, most of them in New York. More than a million people have been infected.

On Tuesday alone, more than 2300 new deaths were recorded in New York, according to the latest tally.

The latest figures show that the United States is far from reaching the peak with more infections and deaths being recorded.

A Washington Post analysis published on Saturday showed that the current death toll in the United States has been heavily underestimated.

The Post wrote: “The United States recorded an estimated 37,100 excess deaths as the novel coronavirus spread across the country in March and the first two weeks of April, nearly 13,500 more than are now attributed to covid-19 for that same period, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Washington Post by a research team led by the Yale School of Public Health.”

These figures seem to suggest that more than 100,000 people have been so far killed by COVID-19 in the United States.


Data from Johns Hopkins University show that over 6.8 million tests have so far been conducted in the United States.

As several states consider relaxing lockdown measures, health experts have warned that opening countries too soon without wide range testing may lead to resurgence of the virus and more death.

President Donald Trump has described the heavy death toll in the United States as an achievement that should be recognized.

He has argued that the death toll could have been more severe if he had not done a great job. But American newspapers have disputed that claim.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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