The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced today that nearly 15 million people worldwide have now died of COVID-19 or because of its effect on health services and society.
According to WHO, around 84% of the excess deaths were concentrated in South-East Asia and the Americas; while 68% were concentrated primarily in just 10 countries of the world.
The agency said that excess mortality is calculated as the difference between the number of deaths that have occurred and the number that would be expected in the absence of the pandemic based on earlier data.
It also confirmed that the death toll was higher among older adults and that deaths among men were higher than that of women – 57% male as compared to 43% female.
There has been a change in the COVID-19 scenario in the country recently, with hospitalizations and deaths on the rise and it would continue to go up in the coming weeks as per reports. There is a 44% increase in ER visits due to COVID-19 and infections related to the disease are 27% higher, though FDA officials claim that the numbers are under-reported.
It is predicted annual booster shots for COVID would be the new normal in the coming days.