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IndiaThe death toll from Covid-19 has topped 500,000, Reuters reports, a level many health experts say was surpassed last year but obscured by inaccurate surveys and unaccounted deaths in the afterlife. country, where millions of people remain vulnerable to the disease.
The country, which has the fourth highest death toll in the world, recorded 400,000 deaths in July last year after the devastating outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, according to official data. Some experts believe the numbers were much higher.
“Our study published in the journal Science estimates the number of Covic deaths in India at 3 million through mid-2021 using three different databases,” Chinmay Tumbe, an assistant professor at the Indian Institute, told Reuters. management of Ahmedabad, co-author of the study.
The Indian government last month dismissed the study as baseless in a notification saying there is a robust birth and death reporting system.
Indian states are recording deaths from Covid-19 after collating data from their districts. In recent months, several states have updated death tolls, some under pressure from the nation’s highest court. In most cases, authorities said there were shortcomings due to late registrations and other administrative errors.
India is currently in the midst of a third wave of coronavirus led by the Omicron variant, which some top experts say is already in community transmission, although federal officials say most cases are mild.
Last month, the government relaxed testing standards and told states to drop mandatory testing for contacts of confirmed cases unless they were elderly or battling other conditions. But, with the number of tests falling, the government issued a revised warning circular saying they would miss the spread of the virus.
But, as many infected people have chosen not to test at all, the total number of infections may not reflect the extent and severity of the cases, said Gautam Menon, professor of physics and biology at the University. of Ashoka near the capital that followed the spread. of the virus.
According to official figures, the total number of Covid-19 infections in India has reached 41.95 million, the second highest in the world behind the United States.
India’s cumulative death toll of 500,055 on Friday included 1,072 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, according to the federal health ministry. Of that total, 335 deaths have been reported in the southern state of Kerala which for weeks has been updating data with deaths from last year.