What WHO’s data on excess deaths reveals4 min read . Updated: 06 May 2022, 12:42 AM IST
- India’s scale of likely under-reporting of covid-19 deaths in 2020 and 2021 was among the highest in the world, the WHO data shows
India accounted for over 31% of all ‘excess deaths’ globally in the two covid-19 years of 2020 and 2021, estimates released by the World Health Organization on Thursday show. The numbers mark a sobering reality check of the upheaval caused by the pandemic to Indian households in the last two years, and is a reminder of the gross undercount in official data. Around 14.9 million excess deaths were recorded globally in the two years, of which a staggering 4.74 million were from India—the highest in the world, the WHO data shows. India classifies only around 481,000 deaths between January 2020 and December 2021 as “covid deaths".
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