COVID-19: WHO says global death toll nearly 15 million, triple the original estimate
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the deaths of nearly 15 million people around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in a report released on Thursday. That is three times more than initial estimates, and 13 per cent more deaths than normally expected over a “normal” two year period.
In the most comprehensive look at the true global toll of the pandemic so far, the WHO’s excess mortality figures reflect people who died of COVID-19 as well as those who died as an indirect result of the outbreak.
This includes people who could not access healthcare for other conditions when systems were overwhelmed during waves of infection.
The WHO believes many countries undercounted the numbers who died from COVID-19.
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