In Bangladesh, 5 people died of corona in 24 hours, 614 people were identified

According to Bangladesh government statistics, less than 29,000 people died in Bangladesh due to the coronavirus epidemic in 2020 and 2021. However, the estimate of the World Health Organization – the actual number of deaths due to Corona in the country is 141,000; Which is almost 5 times more than the official count.

Such information emerged in a WHO report published on May 5.

According to WHO estimates, between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, the number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the Corona epidemic was approximately 1.49 million (range 1.33 million to 1.66 million). Which is more than double compared to the current government statistics. By the end of last year, only 5.4 million deaths were reported worldwide.

This number also includes deaths directly attributable to the coronavirus or to factors attributable to the pandemic’s impact on the health system. For example, many cancer patients could not receive treatment because the hospitals were full of corona patients and could not receive treatment.

However, due to the reduced risk of certain accidents such as motor-vehicle accidents or occupational injuries due to lockdowns and working from home, the estimated number of deaths during the pandemic may be affected.

According to a WHO report, most of the deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas.

According to the report, 4.7 million deaths have occurred due to corona in India. That’s 10 times the country’s official figure and nearly a third of the world’s coronavirus deaths.

The New York Times, in mid-April, reported that the Indian government’s objections were delaying the publication of the WHO report. Otherwise it was supposed to be released in early April.

The Indian government said it had ‘concerns’ about the approach taken by the WHO. However, other studies have put the global death toll estimate higher than WHO’s.

Among the studies on this topic, the study published in the Lancet is perhaps the most influential. It said that between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, there were 1.82 million additional deaths worldwide.

According to a study conducted by a team of the influential Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE), the death toll in Bangladesh due to Corona is 413,000, which is 15 times more than the official figures. At the time, a Bangladeshi government official dismissed it as ‘speculative’.

WHO estimates include excess mortality by age and sex in the 24-month period from January 2020 to December 2021. They confirmed that, globally, men had a higher mortality rate than women (57 percent for men and 43 percent for women) and that the rate was higher among adults.

WHO Assistant Director General of Data, Analytics and Delivery Dr. Samira Asma says, “Measuring excess mortality is an essential component in understanding the impact of epidemics. Changes in mortality trends provide policy-making information for decision makers to reduce mortality and effectively prevent future crises. Due to limited investment in data systems in many countries, the true extent of excess mortality is often hidden.”

WHO’s statistical methods were developed by the organization’s ‘Technical Advisory Group for Covid-19’. It is co-chaired by Professor Debbie Bradshaw and Dr Kevin McCormack.

In Bangladesh, especially during June-July-August 2020, the excess mortality rate increased for the first time, WHO said. WHO estimates that, over 30,000 more people died than expected under normal circumstances.

By the end of the first year of the epidemic, there were 46,41 additional deaths in Bangladesh. In the second year, there were 14,276 additional deaths in April, 13,13 in June, 20,30 in July and 18,915 in August.

According to WHO’s calculations, by December 2021, the number of excess deaths in Bangladesh has reached one lakh 40 thousand 764 people.

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