However, “the countries where malaria is endemic have managed to avoid the worst-case scenario that many, including the WHO, had announced,” the organization said.
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The numbers are smaller than expected, but they are still worrying. The Covid-19 pandemic is responsible for an increase in the number of deaths from malaria in 2020, announces the World Health Organization (WHO), Monday, December 6. This increase is mainly due to the disorganization of prevention programs, treatment detection, etc., estimates the WHO. According to the NGO, the health crisis is responsible for 47,000 of the 69,000 additional deaths from the disease in 2020.
Nevertheless, “Despite the restrictions and disruptions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the countries where malaria is endemic have managed to avoid the worst-case scenario that many, including the WHO, had announced. And that’s a message very positive “, underlined Dr Pedro Alonso, director of the malaria program at the World Health Organization.
In total, the disease affected 241 million people around the world last year, 14 million more than in 2019. It killed 627,000 people.