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The COVID-19 pandemic caused between 13.3 and 16.6 million deaths from January 2020 to December 2021, that is, a figure much higher than that officially registered, according to calculations by the World Health Organization (WHO) released this Thursday.

These highly anticipated figures allow us to have a truer idea of ​​the reality of the devastating effects of the worst pandemic the world has experienced in a century and that continues to cause thousands of deaths every week.

“New data from the World Health Organization show that the total balance directly or indirectly associated with the covid-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 is 14.9 million deaths (with a margin of between 13.3 and 16.6 million)”the institution said in a statement.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the figures of the member countries gathered by the WHO gave a total of 5.4 million deaths from COVID-19 In these two years, but for a long time, the UN institution had warned that these figures were far from being real.

“These thought-provoking numbers underscore not only the impact of the pandemic, but the need for all countries to invest in stronger health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems. solids”, declared the director general of the WHOTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This excess mortality has been calculated by making the difference between the number of real deaths in that period and the number of deaths considered normal without a pandemic, based on existing statistics.

The WHO issued his warning about the COVID-19 on January 30, 2020, weeks after the first cases were detected in China.

This excess mortality includes deaths caused directly by the disease and those caused indirectly, due to the blow that the pandemic dealt to health systems and society in general.


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