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Why Covid-19 death count vary in WHO and official accounts?

47 lakh people died due to Covid in India: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that 47 lakh people have died of Covid in India so far. The number is almost 10 times higher than the official figures. However, the Government of India has raised questions about his claim.

WHO estimates that about 15 million people have died in the world so far due to the corona epidemic. This figure is 13 per cent more than the deaths from Covid in two years. The WHO believes that many countries have underestimated the death toll from Covid. According to the organization, only 54 lakh deaths have been made official.

New WHO estimates show that the absolute death rate directly or indirectly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide – described as “excess mortality” – between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, was approximately 14.9 million. (1.49 crores).

The statement issued by the United Nations Health Agency said: “The new WHO assessment gives the total number of deaths directly or indirectly due to Covid 19 between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021.”

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “These grim figures not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can deliver essential health care in times of crisis. the crisis”. And that includes a robust health information system.” (Covid died in India)

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Additional deaths have been counted in this report. This means the difference between the total number of deaths and the number of deaths in the absence of an epidemic. To do this, the difference in the death figures from previous years has been taken.

Additional deaths include deaths directly from Covid-19, from disease, or indirectly from the impact on the health system and society due to the epidemic.

The WHO declared Covid an international public health emergency on January 30, 2020. At that time, the coronavirus had begun to spread outside of China. In 2020 and 2021, all countries reported to WHO a total of 54.2 lakh deaths from Covid-19. This figure has reached 62.4 lakh today including 2022 deaths.

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