News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:06 PM IST
In a statement, the ministry refuted some media reports that the first two waves of COVID-19 have underplayed the actual number of people who died in India.
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Ministry called the report misleading
In a statement, the ministry refuted some media reports which said that the actual number of people who died in India in the first two waves of Kovid has been shown to be low and the death toll could be around three million. The statement from the ministry said, “Such media reports are based on misleading and false information. They are not based on facts and are mischievous. India has a very strong system of birth and death reporting which is based on a single law and is done regularly from village panchayat level to district level and state level.
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The Ministry said that the entire exercise is being done under the supervision of the Registrar General of India (RGI). In addition, the Government of India has a comprehensive mechanism to classify COVID deaths on the basis of a globally accepted classification. All deaths are being independently reported by the states and compiled centrally. The data of earlier Kovid-19 deaths is also being updated. The figures of the states are being compared with the figures of the Government of India at different times.
Underestimating deaths baseless
A large number of states have regularly tallied death numbers and reported earlier deaths in a largely transparent manner. Therefore, to say that the deaths are underreported is baseless and justified. The actual death rate during the pandemic situation could be higher than the reported deaths due to many factors, even in the most robust health systems, the statement said. Underestimating the information collected from different states and separate analysis is bound to lead to incomplete and incorrect results.
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