The United States Census is a population count that is conducted every 10 years across the US [File: Matt Rourke/AP]

Marginalised communities across the United States risk losing access to services if they are not accurately counted on the US Census, Human Rights Watch warned on Thursday, as a deadline to complete the population survey loomed.

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that had ordered the population count be continued until October 31.

Field data collection ends on Thursday, but people have until 5:59am ET (9:59 GMT) Friday to complete the survey online, the US Census Bureau says on its website.

The top court’s decision came after US President Donald Trump’s administration argued that the census

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