India’s excess of deaths during the pandemic could be an impressive tenfold shock to the official COVID-19 toll, making it the worst modern human tragedy in India, according to the most comprehensive investigation ‘has done so far about the ravages of the virus in the south of the Asian country.
Most experts believe the official death toll of more than 414,000 in India is a big understatement, but the government has dismissed these concerns as exaggerated and misleading.
The report released on Tuesday estimates that the excess deaths (the gap between those recorded and those that would have been expected) would be between 3 and 4.7 million between January 2020 and June 2021. He said that an exact figure may “be elusive,” but the true death toll “is likely to be an order of magnitude greater than the official count.”
The report, released by Arvind Subramanian, the former chief economic adviser to the Indian government, and two other researchers from the Center for Global Development and Harvard University, said the count could have lost deaths in hospitals. overwhelmed or while health care was delayed or interrupted, especially during the devastating peak climb earlier this year.
“True deaths are likely to occur between millions and not hundreds of thousands, making it the worst human tragedy in India since partition and independence,” the report states.
The partition of the British-ruled Indian subcontinent into independent India and Pakistan in 1947 resulted in the deaths of a maximum of one million people while gangs of Hindus and Muslims were killed.
The report on India’s toll virus used three calculation methods: data from the civil registry system that records births and deaths in seven states, blood tests that show the prevalence of the virus in India along with rates COVID-19 mortality rates and an economic survey of nearly 900,000 people do it three times a year.
The researchers warned that each method had weaknesses, such as the economic survey that omitted the causes of death.
Instead, the researchers examined deaths from all causes and compared these data with mortality from previous years, a method widely considered an accurate metric.
The researchers also warned that the prevalence of viruses and deaths from COVID-19 in the seven states they studied may not translate across India, as the virus could have spread worse in urban and rural states and health care the quality varies greatly in India.
And while it is believed that other nations recorded less than one pandemic death, India is believed to have a larger gap because it has the world’s second largest population of 1.4 billion and its situation is complicated because it is not they recorded all the deaths even before the pandemic.
Dr. Jacob John, who studies viruses at Christian Medical College in Vellore, southern India, reviewed The Associated Press report and said it underscores the devastating impact COVID-19 had on the system. of unprepared health in the country.
“This analysis reiterates the observations of other intrepid investigative journalists who have highlighted the massive number of deaths,” Jacob said.
The report also estimates that nearly 2 million Indians died during the first wave of infections last year and said not “grasping the scale of the tragedy in real time” may have “generated collective complacency which led to the “horrors” of the climb earlier this year.
In recent months, some states in India have increased COVID-19 death toll after finding thousands of previously unreported cases, and worried that many more fatalities would not be officially recorded.
Several Indian journalists have also published higher numbers of some states using government data. Scientists say this new information helps them better understand how COVID-19 spread to India.
Murad Banaji, who studies mathematics at the University of Middlesex and has been examining COVID-19 mortality figures in India, said recent data has confirmed some of the suspicions about undercutting. Banaji said the new data also show the virus it was not limited to urban centers, as contemporary reports had indicated, but the peoples of India were also greatly affected.
“One question we should ask is whether some of these deaths were preventable,” he said.
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