On Tuesday, figures in the Johns Hopkins University ticked over the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths.
It was a staggering number considering the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan less than 1 year ago.
But that figure doesn’t depict the entire scale of this loss.
Professor Alan Lopez in the University of Melbourne, a leading global expert on the burden of disease said the death toll is likely, not true, and there were a few reasons for this.
The first is that we do not know how every one of the one million deaths has been counted, in addition to how many deaths have just not been counted.
Guidelines from The World Health Organization specify COVID-19 reasons for a death caused by a clinically compatible illness, in a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case, unless there’s a clear alternative.