India sees 32 lakh COVID deaths in 13 months: Study
Published: 06:34 PM, 8 January 2022 Updated: 09:57 AM, 10 January 2022
The threat of the third wave of Covid-19 in India has really started to increase. The daily COVID cases have exceeded one lakh. As of January 1, 2022, more than 3.50 crore people in India have been infected with COVID. Of these, more than 4.80 lakh people died. Around 385 people per million of the country’s population has succumbed to the disease – where the mortality rate in the United States is one out of 7 per million.
According to a study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s weekly journal ‘Science’, 32 lakh people died of coronavirus or Covid-19 in India from June 2, 2020, to July 1, 2021.
The study also found that as of September 1, 2021, 6-7 times more people had died from coronavirus than the official death tally.
A study based on data obtained from the civil registration systems of the 10 states with the highest number of COVID deaths revealed that 32 lakh deaths were reported from phone interviews of 1,37,289 people across the country, 2 lakh death certificates from government health management.
Of the 32 lakh deaths in 13 months (June 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021), around 27 lakh deaths occurred between April and June last year (2021).
The study was conducted by Dr. Prabhat Jha of the Center for Global Health Research at the University of Toronto, Canada and Dr. Paul Novosad, Department of Economics at Dartmouth College and the IIM-Ahmedabad research team. The research paper also explains that “there is such a gap between government data and reality”.
Most deaths from coronavirus have occurred in remote areas. As a result, the COVID death certificate was not found in most cases. Besides, if a person with coronavirus is infected with any other disease, there has been a change in the registration process. Moreover, many died in rural areas without treatment. So it was not possible to register them.