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The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts

Relatives of a deceased person mourn during a mass burial of COVID-19 victims at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil.

A family stands at the grave of a relative who died from COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil, in May 2020. Credit: Andre Coelho/Getty

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Nature 601, 312-315 (2022)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-022-00104-8

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  • Clarification 31 January 2022: This article has been modified to include researchers’ views about COVID-19 deaths in China.

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