Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid: Excess deaths due to pandemic up to three times higher than reported toll, says WHO

Filed on May 21, 2021 | Last updated on May 21, 2021 at 01.06 pm
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Total deaths are at least 2-3 times higher than officially reported

Up to three times more people have died due to the pandemic than indicated by the officially reported Covid deaths, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

“Total deaths are at least 2-3 times higher than officially reported,” Samira Asma, WHO Assistant Director-General in charge of data, told reporters as the UN health agency released an annual report on global health statistics.

In 2020, it found there had been at least three million excess deaths due directly or indirectly to Covid-19, while the official number of Covid deaths was 1.8 million at the end of the year.

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