The Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment says the epidemic has killed about 9.9 million people, far more than the 3.25 million reported.
The COVID-19 epidemic has killed nearly 9.9 million people worldwide, more than double the number officially recorded, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) at the University of Washington, DC.
The report, released on Thursday, found that most countries disregard deaths simply because they are recorded in a hospital or in patients with a confirmed infection.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the current report shows more than 155 million infections worldwide, with at least 3.25 million deaths worldwide.
The IHME is an independent health research organization that provides comparative measurements of the world’s health problems and has been cited by the White House in the past, and its reports have been closely monitored by public health officials.
According to IHME, the reported COVID-19 deaths are strongly related to the level of testing in a country.
“If you don’t test too much, you could probably miss the death of Cavid,” Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told reporters at a briefing.
The IHME compares the expected death from all causes based on the pre-epidemic trend with the actual number of epidemic deaths in the total meridian-19 deaths epidemic.
In the United States, the analysis estimates that more than 909,000 people have died of COVID-19. The novel coronavirus is estimated to have killed 5,575,991 people, according to official figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.
The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters.
The report covers only viral deaths, not epidemics in healthcare systems and communities.
“Many countries have made exceptional efforts to measure the extent of the epidemic, but our analysis shows how difficult it is to accurately detect a new and rapidly spreading infectious disease,” Murray said.
India, meanwhile, reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period on Thursday, bringing the death toll from the virus to a record 3,960.
The number of South Asian countries has surpassed the last 21 million cases, an increase of 412,262 new infections. According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of deaths due to Kavid-19 is now 230,168.
From interviews with medical doctors and village leaders Those involved in the count of epidemic deaths, however, have revealed that the actual number of deaths could be many times higher than the official count.