The World Health Organization on Thursday said COVID-19 had caused the death of almost 15 million people around the world over the past two years.
Most of these deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas, based on the WHO study.
U.N. agency’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus considers the figure “sobering,” saying it should prompt countries to invest more in their capacities to quell future health emergencies.
The WHO scientists believed that the actual number of COVID-19 deaths between January 2020 and the end of last year estimated there were between 13.3 million and 16.6 million deaths that were either caused directly by the coronavirus or were somehow attributed to the pandemic’s impact on health systems, like people with cancer unable to seek treatment when hospitals were full of COVID patients.
The WHO explained their data are based on country-reported data and statistical modeling.