Thursday, May 19

The WHO puts the excess deaths from COVID-19 at 15 million

15 million direct and indirect deaths from COVID worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has doubled the estimate of people killed during the pandemic.

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

The organization has called this calculation “excess death”, that is, the difference between the deaths that were registered in the two-year period and those that could have been expected if the pandemic had not occurred.

This result has also been influenced by deaths that from a certain point of view were “avoided” because the confinements reduced the risk of traffic and occupational accidents.

“These data not only point to the impact of the pandemic, but also to the need for all countries to invest in stronger health systems that are capable of maintaining health services in times of crisis, and that have strong health information systems,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Incidence grows in Spain in those over 60 years of age

The incidence in those over 60, the risk group in which the Health data is set, continues its upward trend. This Tuesday the Ministry registers a rise to 790.28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days compared to the 676 that it marked in the last report on Friday.

However, by autonomous communities the incidence varies. There are eight regions with an incidence of over a thousand cases: Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra, and La Rioja. Others, such as Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Madrid report an incidence of the coronavirus that is around 500 cases in people over 60.

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

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