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WHO notes 15M excess deaths from COVID-19 worldwide in two years


WHO has estimated the number of excess deaths from the coronavirus worldwide at nearly 15 million over two years. This is more than double the number of COVID-related deaths officially reported worldwide.

Marzio Costantini
Marzio Costantini
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that there were about 14.9 million excess deaths related to COVID-19 worldwide, according to a statement on the organization’s website. This figure shows how many actual deaths exceeded the number of deaths that would have been expected without the pandemic based on historical data.

WHO calculated the statistics for the period from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. The organisation estimates excess deaths are between 13.3 million and 16.6 million deaths. WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the figures "sobering".

WHO counted not only the direct deaths from COVID-19, but also those indirectly linked to the virus: the impact of the pandemic on society and health systems which have been overwhelmed by the number of cases, for example. Of all deaths, 84% occurred in South-East Asia, Europe and the Americas. 68% of deaths occur in just 10 countries. More than 80% of deaths were registered in middle-income countries, while rich countries account for only 4%.

The WHO estimate is more than double the official statistics. More than 6.2 million deaths from coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

source: who.int