Sumary of Indian Gov’t Dismisses Claim it ‘Undercounted Deaths’, Adding Missing Out Fatalities is ‘Unlikely’:
- Dismissing claims that India’s official COVID-19 death toll is understated, India’s Health Ministry on Thursday clarified that attributing all-cause mortality figures to COVID-19 is “completely misleading”.
- However, the ministry also said that during the peak of the second wave of the continuing coronavirus pandemic – since the entire health system was focused on handling the COVID-19 situation – correct reporting and recording could have been “compromised”.
- The study co-authored by India’s former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian revealed that India’s excess deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic could be as high as 4.9 million.
- On Wednesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya refuted allegations that the government had concealed COVID-19 deaths and said that the federal government only compiles and publishes data sent by the state governments.