COVID-19 has claimed more lives than World War I

(ORDO NEWS) — According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), global excess mortality, that is, the number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, was approximately 14.9 million people between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Excess mortality is defined as a temporary increase in mortality in a population compared to expected. It is usually caused by external factors such as extreme weather events (hot, cold), epidemics and pandemics, famine or war.

The number of excess deaths due to the pandemic in two years is higher among men and older people, according to the WHO.

The largest number of excess deaths (84%) over the period from 2020 to 2021 was recorded in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas, with about 68% of cases occurring in just ten countries of the world.

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