How many people are dying in COVID-19 pandemic? Canadians may soon find out its true toll

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The federal statistics agency will try to put a number on how many “extra” people are dying in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistics Canada spokesman Peter Frayne said the agency plans to release an analysis later this month on “excess deaths” — a measure of the number of deaths beyond what’s expected in the country even as COVID-19 is taking thousands of lives. Epidemiologists say that examining the total number of deaths from any cause — and comparing that with historic averages — can offer a more complete picture of the pandemic’s impact since it can capture those people who have died from COVID-19 without being diagnosed, for instance, or those who have died while awaiting surgery.