The World Health Organisation (WHO) is claiming that the Covid pandemic killed around 15 million people globally and that many countries undercounted the numbers of Covid deaths.
According to the BBC:
The WHO believes many countries undercounted the numbers who died from Covid – only 5.4 million were reported.
In India, there were 4.7 million Covid deaths, it says – 10 times the official figures – and almost a third of Covid deaths globally.
The Indian government has questioned the estimate, saying it has “concerns” about the methodology, but other studies have come to similar conclusions about the scale of deaths in the country.
The measure used by the WHO is called excess deaths – how many more people died than would normally be expected based on mortality in the same area before the pandemic hit.
These calculations also take into account deaths which were not directly because of Covid but instead caused by its knock-on effects, like people being unable to access hospitals for the care they needed. It also accounts for poor record-keeping in some regions, and sparse testing at the start of the crisis.
But the WHO said the majority of the extra 9.5 million deaths seen above the 5.4 million Covid deaths reported were thought to be direct deaths caused by the virus, rather than indirect deaths.
Speaking about the scale of the figures, Dr Samira Asma, from the WHO’s data department, said “It’s a tragedy.
“It’s a staggering number and it’s important for us to honour the lives that are lost, and we have to hold policymakers accountable,” she said.
“If we don’t count the dead, we will miss the opportunity to be better prepared for the next time.”
Monumental bollox. What utter garbage. Of course, the inveterate propagandists at the BBC didn’t think to mention today that Oxford University researchers have claimed that the official Covid death figures MUST be wrong.
As The Metro reported in March:
Experts say that many who died early on in the pandemic never tested positive for coronavirus or died of something completely different.
Scientists at the University of Oxford and charity Collateral Global, pored through 800 responses to Freedom of Information requests sent by the public to care homes and medical institutions.
They found that 14 different terms were used to describe someone who died with Covid – including ‘underlying Covid’, ‘involving Covid’, ‘due to Covid’ and ‘died within either 28 or 60 days of a positive test.
Muddying the waters even more, some hospital trusts required a positive test to certify a Covid death, while others did not.
In care homes, doctors certified Covid deaths via video calls, which experts have suggested would have made them assume many people without confirmation.
Many of these homes also failed to mention any underlying health conditions among people who died.
The lies are sickening, aren’t they? And they are so easily debunked too.