Sobering report from the New York Times, providing evidence that COVID-19 deaths have been over-reported.
Mortality data in the middle of a pandemic is not perfect. In most places, the disparities between the official death counts and the total rise in deaths reflect limited testing for the virus rather than intentional undercounting. Officially, about 355,000 people had died worldwide of the coronavirus as of Thursday.
But the total death numbers offer a more complete portrait of the pandemic, researchers say, especially because most countries report only those Covid-19 deaths that occur in hospitals.
Far more people have died over the past months than have been officially reported, a review of mortality data in 25 countries shows.