About 15 million deaths in the world during the pandemic are directly or indirectly related to coronavirus, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
At the end of 2021, 14.9 million people died from causes related to COVID-19. Reuters. This number also includes those who had other illnesses but were unable to access medical care as systems were overwhelmed during several waves of infection. Of those 14.9, 5.4 million died directly from COVID-19. The data covers the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, says:
“These sobering data point not only to the impact of the pandemic, but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can support essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems.”
The majority of these deaths (84%) were concentrated in Southeast Asia, Europe and America, and almost 70% in only 10 countries of the world. As evidenced by WHO, about 6 out of 10 deaths in the world have not been reported. Reuters claims that almost half of the uncounted deaths are in India. As a result of the pandemic, 4.7 million people died there, most of them during an unprecedented outbreaks in May and June 2021.
WHO notes that the new data provided this week by India has not yet been fully analyzed. India opposed WHO estimates and published its own data about mortality in 2020. The Indian government estimates the death toll between January 2020 and December 2021 at around 480,000.