1.4 million more people expected to die from tuberculosis worldwide due to COVID-19 lockdowns

by Daniel Payne · May 6th, 2020 3:27 pm

Nearly one and a half million people worldwide are expected to die from tuberculosis due to the coronavirus shutdowns, a stark reminder of the exceptionally high costs of the global lockdowns instituted by governments to fight the disease.

Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership Lucica Ditiu said that the TB cases that are going undiagnosed and untreated during the lockdowns will lead to around 1.4 million deaths, bringing the global fight against tuberculosis "back to 2013 figures."

Those figures are based on a lockdown lasting around three months, suggesting that if it were to go on further — as many public officials have claimed it should — the death toll could be even higher.


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