“It’s based on estimates,” India refutes the WHO COVID-19 death report

India has strongly objected to the reports by the WHO on COVID – 19 related deaths in India. India has called it an estimate based on another estimate.


The WHO report on the COVID – 19 deaths in India has estimated that 4.74 million people lost their lives due to COVID – 19 in India since 2019, which the Government of India has brushed off citing it as an estimate based on another estimate. The Indian government has pointed out four major flaws in the report in its attempt to refute the worrying figures. The WHO in its report had suggested that India’s fatality report is “ten times the figure of 481,000 COVID-19 death by December 31, 2021″.

“India has been consistently objecting to the methodology adopted by WHO to project excess mortality estimates based on mathematical models. Despite India’s objection to the process, methodology, and outcome of this modeling exercise, WHO has released the excess mortality estimates without adequately addressing India’s concerns,” India strongly opposed the WHO report in its statement.

The sources have also spilled beans on India’s communication with WHO which received a lukewarm response from the global health body. India wrote nearly ten letters but none proved efficient to address India’s doubts about the process being followed to count the death count.

Lately, the State’s health ministers and Union Health Minister voiced their opposition to the report through the ongoing conference of Central Council Health and Family welfare. The ministers expressed their concerns over the WHO report which they termed “baseless and devoid of facts”.