The Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment says the pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 million deaths well in excess of the 3.25 million reported.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 6.9 million people worldwide, more than double the number officially recorded, according to a new analysis by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Measurement and Assessment (IHME). , DC.
The deaths are not reported, as most countries only record those that occur in hospitals or in patients with a confirmed infection, according to the report released Thursday.
Current estimates showed more than 155 million infections worldwide with at least 3.25 million deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The IHME is an independent health research organization that provides a comparable measure of the world’s health problems and has been cited in the past by the White House and its reports are closely monitored by public health officials.
Mortality reported by COVID-19 is strongly related to test levels in a country, the IHME said.
“If you don’t try hard, you’re likely to miss the deaths from COVID,” Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment, said at a news conference with reporters.
IHME estimated total deaths from COVID-19 by comparing predicted deaths for all causes based on pre-pandemic trends with the actual number of all deaths caused during the pandemic.
In the United States, the analysis estimated the deaths of more than 905,000 COVID-19-related deaths. Official figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 575,491 deaths Wednesday due to the new coronavirus.
The CDC did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters news agency to comment on the report.
The report only includes deaths caused directly by the virus, not deaths caused by the disruption of the pandemic in healthcare systems and communities.
“Many countries have put exceptional effort into measuring the pandemic toll, but our analysis demonstrates how difficult it is to accurately track a rapidly spreading new infectious disease,” Murray said.
Meanwhile, India on Thursday reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period, while the number of deaths from the virus rose to 3,980.
The South Asian nation’s account has surpassed 21 million cases, driven by a record 412,262 new infections. Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that the number of people who have died due to COVID-19 is already 230,168.
Interviews with doctors and village leaders involved in the pandemic death toll, however, revealed that the actual death toll could be many times higher than the official tally.