What are the assumptions/specifics going into the "are going to starve to death" number? Are you including the usual rate at which people starve in the world anyway, which is pretty high but not really related usually?
All the economic research I've seen on epidemic/pandemic circumstances suggests that longer and stricter restrictions on public gatherings, etcetera, produce dramatically better outcomes both in terms of lives lost and in terms of economic recovery. It turns out dead people don't come back to work.
Earlier in the thread articles were posted.
BBC had one saying the disruptions due to Covid at 30 million. Another poster said 100 million and posted the link.
Another article pointed out the problems of a one size fits all approach of lockdowns. In places like India people will starve.
It's a sad reality.