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WHO estimates excess deaths from COVID-19 at 15 million.

15 million direct and indirect COVID deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has doubled the death toll during the pandemic.

This figure expands on the 6.24 million COVID deaths officially confirmed by WHO by 194 member countries. The rest corresponds to deaths from COVID that were not reported as such, as well as deaths from other diseases that could not be treated due to the overload of health systems in the acute stage of the pandemic.

The organization called this calculation “excess mortality”, that is, the difference between the deaths that were recorded over a two-year period and those that would have been expected if there had been no pandemic.

This result was also influenced by deaths, which, from a certain point of view, were “avoided”, as restrictions reduced the risk of traffic accidents and industrial accidents.

“These data point not only to the impact of the pandemic, but also to the need for all countries to invest in stronger health systems that can support health services during a crisis and have robust health information systems,” said WHO Director. This was stated by General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The incidence is increasing in Spain among people over 60 years of age.

The incidence among people over 60 years of age, the risk group in which Health data is established, continues its upward trend. On Tuesday, the ministry registers an increase to 790.28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days, up from 676 in the latest report on Friday.

However, in autonomous communities, the incidence varies. There are eight regions with more than a thousand cases: Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and León, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra and La Rioja. Others, such as Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Madrid, are reporting coronavirus cases of around 500 cases in people over 60.

The Ministry of Health has registered 57,329 cases of coronavirus infection since Friday, bringing the total number of cases registered by tests to 11,953,481. The latest report recorded 62,695 infections.


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