Indian state significantly raises COVID-19 deaths and calls for extensive review


Bangalore / New Delhi β€” India’s state significantly increased COVID-19 deaths after the discovery of thousands of unreported cases, with India’s overall deaths significantly higher than official figures I suspect that it is higher than that.

Indian hospitals ran out of beds and life-saving oxygen during the devastating second wave of coronavirus in April and May, and people died in parking lots outside the hospital and at home.

Many of these deaths are not recorded in the COVID-19 tally, according to doctors and health professionals.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, 29.2 million people have died and 359,676 have died in India.

However, the discovery of thousands of unreported deaths in Bihar has raised suspicions that coronavirus victims are not included in official figures.

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This photo taken with a drone prepares for the mass cremation of victims of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India, on April 28, 2021. (DanishSiddiqui / Reuters)

The Department of Health in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, has revised the total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 from about 5,424 on Wednesday to more than 9,429.

Newly reported deaths occurred last month and state officials were investigating revocation, district health officials said they had accused private hospitals of surveillance.

“These deaths occurred 15 days ago and are currently only uploaded to government portals. Action will be taken against some private hospitals,” he said. He refused to reveal his identity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.

Health experts say they believe that both coronavirus infections and deaths are significantly underestimated nationwide. This is because inspection facilities are rare and there are few hospitals in rural areas where two-thirds of Indians live.

Many people became ill without being tested for coronavirus and died at home.

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Relatives carry the bodies of those who died in COVID-19 as several mountains of other COVID-19 victims burned at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on May 1, 2021. (AmitSharma / AP Photo)

“Wide problem”

As the crematorium struggled to cope with the waves of death over the past two months, many families placed their bodies on the holy Ganges or buried them in shallow sandbar tombs.

Those people were probably not registered as victims of COVID.

“Underreporting is a widespread problem, not necessarily intentional, and often inadequate,” Rajiv Dasgupta, director of the Center for Social Medicine and Community Health at the University of Javaharlar Luneru, New Delhi, told Reuters. Because of that. “

β€œIn rural situations, no matter what state says or claims, testing isn’t simple, easy, or accessible,” says Dasgupta.

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Healthcare professionals will check the temperature of passengers during the COVID-19 screening arriving on the platform of a long-distance train in Mumbai, India on June 8, 2021. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP via Getty Images)

Overall, the number of cases and deaths in India has risen steadily in the past few weeks after a surge since mid-March.

According to Ministry of Health data, the official total number of cases on Thursday was 29.2 million after an increase of 94,052 in the last 24 hours, with a total death toll of 359,676.

The New York Times estimated deaths based on time-lapse deaths and case fatality rates from infections, with Indian casualties ranging from 600,000 to 1.6 million.

The government exaggerated and rejected these estimates. However, a major opposition parliamentary party said other states had to carry out a review of deaths over the past two months, following the example of Bihar.

“This undoubtedly proves that the government is hiding COVID’s death,” said Parliamentary spokesman Shama Mohamed, who also ordered audits in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. He added that it should be done.

Manas Mishra and Neha Arora

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