WHO is likely to name India as the country with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths
New Delhi: As the
Although repeatedly denied by India, the undercount claim is not new. Researchers and international media made similar claims last year as the country grappled with a
“Examination of all-cause mortality data for the year spanning 2020 to 2021 revealed excess mortality tracking waves of 26-29% new transmission variants. Extrapolating to the Indian population , this equates to the deaths of over 3.2 million people, with the majority occurring from April to June 2021,” reads an excerpt from a research paper published on the Science magazine website in January this year. .
Another article, published on The Lancet in March this year, used excess mortality data from 12 Indian states to make a similar claim. According to this study, the highest number of cumulative excess deaths was estimated in India.
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The Devex report also quotes an anonymous member of the
An earlier update shared by the WHO estimated that the world is likely facing a significant undercount in the total number of deaths directly and indirectly attributed to COVID-19, with many areas lacking the tools and resources needed to gather accurate, complete and timely data on births, deaths. and causes of death. Countries also use different processes for testing and reporting COVID-19 deaths, making comparisons difficult.
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