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Official COVID-19 death toll probably underestimates true total - WHO

Mon, 28th Sep 2020 17:46

GENEVA/LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The official global toll
of deaths from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total -
suggesting it could be over a million already, a World Health
Organization official said on Monday.

"If anything, the numbers currently reported probably
represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either
contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it," Mike Ryan, the
WHO's top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva.

"When you count anything, you can't count it perfectly but I
can assure you that the current numbers are likely an
underestimate of the true toll of COVID," he said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge, Mike Shields and
Kate Kelland, editing by Andrew Heavens)

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