In a statement made on the WHO website, it was reported that the improvements and progress in life expectancy worldwide reversed during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In the statement, it was noted that life expectancy decreased by 1.8 years to an average of 71.4 years in 2019-2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "In just 2 years, the Covid-19 outbreak reversed a 10-year gain in life expectancy."

Ghebreyesus underlined that countries should agree on a global pandemic agreement to protect future generations.

CONTINENTAL AMERICA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA MOST AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC

According to WHO's "World Health Statistics 2024" report, the Americas and Southeast Asian countries are the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report emphasized that Covid-19 is the most common cause of death in the Americas in 2020 and 2021.

On the other hand, the report stated that Western Pacific countries were minimally affected by the virus in the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Life expectancy is a statistical measure of how long a person lives on average.

Editor: David Goodman