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who.int | COVID-19 eliminated a decade of progress in global level of life expectancy, 24 May statistics 2024 report
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Noncommunicable diseases remain the top killer
COVID-19 rapidly emerged as a leading cause of death, ranking as the third highest cause of mortality globally in 2020 and the second in 2021. Nearly 13 million lives were lost during this period. The latest estimates reveal that except in the African and Western Pacific regions, COVID-19 was among the top five causes of deaths, notably becoming the leading cause of death in the Americas for both years.
Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Viet Nam
The WHO report also highlights that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as ischemic heart disease and stroke, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and diabetes were the biggest killers before the pandemic, responsible for 74% of all deaths in 2019. Even during the pandemic, NCDs continued to account for 78% of non-COVID deaths.

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by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 02:15:05 AM EST
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