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WHO estimates 15m people killed directly or indirectly by Covid pandemic

UN body says figure, more than twice previous official totals, should prompt countries to invest more in their capacity to quell future emergencies

Almost 15 million people worldwide have died as a result of the Covid pandemic, the World Health Organization has estimated – a figure more than double the official death toll.

The figure is based on the concept of excess mortality – the number of deaths that occurred beyond those expected without the pandemic – and encompasses both those who died as a result of Covid and those who died indirectly because of the pandemic.

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