While official figures put the global death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic at more than 6.2 million people, the World Health Organization says it could be around 15 million.
The organization said recently : “ The total number of fatalities directly or indirectly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (referred to as “excess mortality”) between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (a range of 13.3 million to 16.6 million). “.
This number includes deaths directly linked to Covid-19 disease as well as those resulting from the impact of the pandemic on healthcare systems and society .
“Deaths indirectly linked to Covid-19 are due to other health conditions for which people have not had access to prevention and treatment because health systems are being overwhelmed by the pandemic were.
“The estimated number of additional deaths may also be affected by deaths averted during the pandemic due to lower risks of certain events, such as motor vehicle accidents or work-related accidents.”< /span>
The WHO said most (84%) of the deaths are concentrated in Southeast Asia and Europe, and America and 68% are concentrated in just 10 Countries worldwide.
“Those sobering Da “Tens 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 maintain essential health services in times of crisis, including stronger health information systems,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
SA has officially recorded more than 100,000 Covid-19 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic more than two years ago. This week, the United States became the first country in the world to report more than 1 million deaths from Covid-19.
Associate Professor in the Faculty of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western University in Ohio, Dr. Mark Cameron, told the BBC it would be years before the true impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was understood.