The COVID-19 pandemic killed 13.3 to 16.6 million people in 2020 and 2021.

This position was made known by the World Health Organisation, WHO, on Thursday.

According to the UN health agency in a statement, “New estimates from the World Health Organization show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the Covid-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million).”

“The figure calculates what is termed as excess mortality due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has upended much of the planet for more than two years.

“These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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