THE TRUE global Covid death toll could be more than triple the official figures bringing the total to 15 million, scientists have warned.
Researchers have said the disparity between the data recorded and the actual figures is party because of countries such as Russia, India and China undercounting the number of Covid-related deaths.
“Although Russia’s official death tally suggests that it has protected its citizens tolerably well, its numbers on total mortality imply that it has in fact been hit quite hard by Covid-19,” researchers said.
“Similarly, we estimate that India’s death toll is actually in the millions, rather than the hundreds of thousands.”
Many people who die from coronavirus in those populous countries, and in most of South America and Africa, are never tested and so never included in the death tally, the Times reports.
The number of excess deaths across the world has also increased due to people dying from preventable causes because hospitals were full of pandemic victims.
The estimate of 15.2 million excess deaths was created by The Economist, which put total fatalities between 9.3million and 18.1million.
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SOURCE: The Sun, Niamh Cavanagh