A balance sheet largely revised upwards. The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the total number of deaths caused by the Covid pandemic was 5.4 million. Since then, the organization said that these figures « underestimate » the reality.
This Thursday, the United Nations Health Organization issued a statement on the number of deaths related to the pandemic. « New estimates from the World Health Organization show that the total death toll associated directly or indirectly with the Covid-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 is approximately 14.9 million (a range of 13.3 to 16.6 million), » the statement reveals.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, « These sobering data underscore not only the impact of the pandemic, but also 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.
WHO said most of the excess deaths (84%) were concentrated in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. Some 10 countries alone accounted for 68% of the total excess deaths. High-income countries accounted for 15% of excess deaths compared with 28% for upper-middle-income countries and 53% for lower-middle-income countries. Low-income countries accounted for 4%. The number of deaths worldwide was higher among men than among women-57% men, 43% women-and higher among the elderly.