Estimates from the World Health Organization show that the number of excess deaths directly or indirectly associated with the pandemic from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million – 13 per cent more deaths than normally expected in two years.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhano Gebreiusus, said: Including information. Systems.
“WHO is committed to working with all countries to strengthen their health information systems to create better data for better decisions and better outcomes.”
The agency believes that many countries did not count the death toll from Covid, as a total of only 5.4 million were recorded.
The majority of over-deaths (84 percent) are concentrated in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas, the WHO said, while 68 percent of over-deaths are concentrated globally in just 10 countries.
He also found that middle-income countries accounted for 14.9 million excess deaths at 81 percent (53 percent in low-income countries and 28 percent in middle-income countries) in 24 months. In high- and low-income countries, each is 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Global Is dead It was also found that it was higher in men (57 percent) than in women (43 percent) and higher in the elderly.
“Measuring excess mortality is an essential component in understanding the impact of a pandemic,” said Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General for Data, Analysis and Delivery at the World Health Organization.
“Changes in mortality trends provide information to decision-makers to lead policies to effectively reduce mortality and prevent future crises.
“In many countries, due to limited investment in data systems, the true extent of excess mortality is often hidden.
“These new assessments use the best available data and are produced using a solid methodology and a completely transparent approach.”
Dr. Ibrahim Sose Folm, Assistant Director General for Emergency Response, added: “Data is the basis of our day-to-day work to promote health, maintain global security and serve the vulnerable.
“We know where the data gaps are and we need to work together to strengthen our support for countries so that all countries have the opportunity to monitor epidemics in real time, provide essential health services and protect the health of the population.”
The assessments were the result of a global collaboration supported by the work of the Covid-19 Mortality Assessment Technical Advisory Group and country consultations. This group consisted of many of the world’s leading experts who have developed innovative methodologies for making comparable mortality estimates, even when data are incomplete or inaccessible.
“The United Nations system works together to authoritatively assess the global impact of pandemic deaths. “This work is an important part of DESA’s ongoing collaboration with WHO and other partners to improve global mortality assessments,” said Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of Statistics at DESA, added: “Data gaps make it difficult to assess the true scale of the crisis, with serious consequences for human life.
“The pandemic was a stark reminder of the need for better coordination of data systems in countries and the need for increased international support for better systems, including deaths and other vital events.”
Covid: WHO claims true global pandemic death toll of nearly 15 million
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