By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Analysts in the US estimate the disease has caused about 6.9million deaths globally – as opposed to the 3.2m declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).
They warned that low testing numbers and weak healthcare systems in developing countries were partly behind the skewed statistics.
But a large amount of the under-reporting has occurred in Western countries which suffered huge epidemics, including the UK, US and Italy, according to the study. It said this is mostly because of a lack of testing at the start of the pandemic, when many Covid patients died without a test to confirm the cause of death.
The team at Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation warned the findings show the true toll of the pandemic is ‘significantly worse’ than meets the eye.
Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation warned the data showed the true toll of the pandemic is ‘significantly worse’ than meets the eye.
According to the analysis, the US has the highest number of Covid deaths globally with 905,289 — far higher than the 574,043 officially recorded. It is followed by India and Mexico which are each estimated to have suffered more than 600,000 virus victims, three times the WHO’s tallies.