From The Economist:

Official world COVID-19 deaths: 5.3m.
Excess deaths: 17.9m.

Excess deaths naturally adjust down for overcounting (not lead cause), and upward for undiagnosed cases (no health coverage or no space/time) and the many tragic deaths from other illnesses that couldn’t be treated in crowded hospitals.

It's easy to criticise a country's counting methods. Some of that is valid (counting is hard), but mostly it's a distraction. The numbers are clear.

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