It has been announced that the number of people who lost their lives due to the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) in India may be 10 times more than the official figure. Experts described the death of millions of people in the epidemic as the worst humanitarian tragedy since the “division and independence” witnessed in 1947 in the country.
In the research conducted by Indian economist Arvind Subramanian, two officials from Harvard University and a think tank headquartered in Washington DC, the loss of life due to Covid-19 was discussed.
In the research, it was concluded that the number of people who lost their lives due to Covid-19 may have been underestimated when health services were delayed or interrupted in hospitals that were full during the period when the cases were high in the country.
Referring to the number of deaths, which is more than 414 thousand according to the data of the Indian Ministry of Health, it was noted that the number of people who lost their lives between January 2020 and July 2021 could be between 3 million and 4.7 million. In the study, it was stated that it is difficult to give an exact figure, but the number of people who died in the epidemic may be much higher than the official figure.
In the study, it was noted that the death of millions in the epidemic is probably the worst humanitarian tragedy in the country since the “division and independence” witnessed in 1947.
In the research, which was carried out using methods such as the registry of the population administration system where death and birth figures are kept, blood tests and an economic survey conducted several times a year with approximately 900 thousand people, the number of people who died from all causes across the country was reached with these methods.
This number reached in the research was compared with the death rate in previous years, and it was concluded that Covid-19 may have taken millions of lives in India.
According to the “Worldometers” website, where Covid-19 data are compiled, in India, where 31 million 174 thousand 322 Kovid-19 cases were detected, 30 million 353 thousand 710 people recovered.
According to “Worldometers”, India stands out as “the 2nd country with the highest number of cases in the world and the 3rd country with the highest number of deaths”.