Relatives mourn the death of a man due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in New Delhi, India September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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

World News

Reuters Staff

GENEVA/LONDON (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.