I'm kinda irritated by this. Because it is obviously bullshit cherry-picking nonsense. And these grifters haven't even the decency to admit that they were wrong.
Firstly they compared two incompatible things. 4 months of Covid deaths to 7 months of others. But worse did so...
...at the time that Covid deaths were ramping up.
So, I thought I'd do a small correction to their chart. I'm using StatsSA data, it is a bit blunter than the WHO stats that they used, but I guess it'll still tell the same story.
This is StatSA's breakdown of mortality (top10 diseases plus others)
This is what it would look like if we stuck the *Official* 2020 death toll from COVID-19 into those 2017 figures.

[NB: This is just for effect, this is not the right way to work with the data. But Panda's version isn't either]
And this is what it would look like if we added in the Excess Mortality for 2020 into that 2017 data.

(Rough estimates are that as much as 80-90% of those excess deaths are due to COVID-19)

[NB: Same disclaimer as previous chart. This is not real, just an explainer]

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