India Covid Horror: Data Suggests MILLIONS May Be Dead in ‘Worst Tragedy’ Since Partition | World

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India Covid Horror: Data Suggests MILLIONS May Be Dead in ‘Worst Tragedy’ Since Partition | World


Excess deaths are a measure of how many people have died compared to what is expected from previous years. India is one of the few major economies that does not yet have an estimate for that number during the pandemic.

Officially, the country has recorded more than 414,000 Covid deaths so far, however, researchers at Global Development have found that the excess deaths are estimated at ten times the number recorded.
US-based researchers looked at deaths in seven states – which make up half of India’s population.

They also looked at antibody tests nationwide that gave them insight into infection death rates by age.

Third, they analyzed a survey of 868,000 people, asking them if a family member had died in the past four months.

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Rather, the researchers said the “critical remote, regardless of sources and estimates” was that actual deaths in the country during the pandemic were “likely far above the official number”.
Dr Jacob John, from Christian Medical College in Vellore, southern India, was not a researcher for this project, but said it highlights the devastating impact of the pandemic on the country and its unprepared health system.

“This analysis reiterates the observations of other intrepid investigative journalists who have highlighted the massive undercoverage of deaths,” he told The Associated Press.

Many Indian journalists have also published higher death tolls than recorded in some states using government data.

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