WHO estimates 4.7 million COVID-19-linked deaths in India

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According to a report by the World Health Organisation There were likely 4.7 million deaths, directly or indirectly attributable to COVID-19 in India in 2020 and 2021.

  • India officially estimated only 4.8 lakh cumulative deaths linked to COVID-19 by December 2021, which means the WHO's estimate is almost 10 times the government count.

  • The World Health Organisation said that in the past two years, about 15 million people have lost their lives either to the corona virus or to its effects on health systems.

  • In India, there were 5.3 lakh deaths among men aged 60 and above in 2020 and 19 lakh deaths in the same age group in 2021.

  • On the other hand, there were 3.5 lakh deaths among women 60 and older in 2020 and 15 lakh deaths in 2021.

  • Minutes after the WHO released its estimate, India "objected" to the methodology used by the organisation.

  • COVID-19-linked deaths Globally

  • Most of the additional deaths (84%) are concentrated in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.

  • Nearly two-thirds of additional deaths are concentrated in just 10 countries globally.

  • Globally, the pandemic killed more men than women (57% male, 43% female) with a higher proportion of older people.

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