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Governments have undercounted the COVID-19 death toll by millions, the WHO says

A mass cremation of people who died from from COVID-19 in New Delhi, India on April 28, 2021. A new WHO report on "excess deaths" compares their calculations with official numbers and finds millions more people died that the government-provided global total, with India a key example. India disputes the WHO finding and stands by its lower numbers.

Case in point: India, which reported 481,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2020 and 2021. The World Health Organization found 4.74 million deaths there either directly or indirectly attributable to the pandemic.

(Image credit: Imtiyaz Khan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


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