The official count of deaths is directly attributable to COVID-19 death and reported to WHO were the cases of COVID-19 infection. As well as those who were severely impacted by the mere medical facilities in different parts of the nation. When systems were hugely disturbed during the impactful COVID-19 waves. The account of deaths given to WHO were not accurate to the mark. The higher mortality figures shown are a result of such cases. For example deaths caused due to accidents allegedly reported as COVID-19 deaths due to various mismanagement in the government.
This is caused due to inadequate reporting, short stocked hospitals and healthcare systems. And prime focus on various healthcare infrastructure was on giving proper treatment. Especially, to the infected people rather than report the accurate number of deaths.
4.8 lakh dead or 47 lakh
World Health Organization has stated in its report. Saying that almost half of the COVID-19 deaths until now had not been counted, were in India. The report uses an approximate to suggest that almost 4.7 million people died in India. Strictly, as a result of the pandemic Novel Coronavirus. Mainly during a huge increase in infection in May and June of 2021. However, the Indian government, has puts the death toll for the January 2020 to December 2021 at a far lower number. They have listed 480,000 only as opposed to the WHO report figure of 4,700,000.
This prediction made by the WHO may soon come with a disclaimer in its report. Because WHO hasn’t examined the data fully provided this week by India. And this can question the authenticity of the WHO report. Since it does not fully match with Indian government statements and estimates.
A WHO panel consisting of international experts have been working on the data. Which is said to have been for months, using combination of national and local information. As well as statistical models. In order to estimate the death toll total where data seems vague. This methodology has been criticized by India and is not accepted as of now.
However, other independent researches have also shown the death toll in India to be far higher. Than the official government tally. One specific report predicts 3 million people may have died of COVID-19 in the country.
WHO is yet to clarify the accuracy of its report given the new data provided.