The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released its global health statistics report for the year 2021. The report reveals that the reported number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 is likely to be a “significant undercount”.
The WHO believes that the true number of dead is at least two to three times the figures reported in the news media. The statistics report claims that six to eight million people might have died so far.
The wide margin in numbers is due to several factors, including lagging reports on COVID-19 deaths in several countries. Also, the fact that a lot of people died early on without being tested. Additionally, many were unable to get treatment for other diseases and pre-existing conditions due to lockdown measures.
The Organization claims that it is working with countries “to understand the true human toll of the pandemic so we can be better prepared for the next emergency”.