Pandemic's true global death toll closer to 15 million, WHO says

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The World Health Organization believes the COVID-19 pandemic led to almost 15 million excess deaths worldwide, The Washington Post reports, per new WHO estimates.

The tally includes both people who died of COVID-19 and those who died from COVID-19-related causes — like healthcare shortages at overwhelmed hospitals or behavioral conditions like depression that worsened in the pandemic — from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, the Post notes.

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