The World Health Organization or WHO estimated India’s overall Covid related death count to be 47.4 lakh in the years 2020 and 2021. In comparison to other countries where the count is still high with ‘excess mortality’ figures, many countries are raising several questions.
WHO releases death counts
If one goes by the numbers released by World Health Organisation, then India would be missing out on almost 90 per cent of the Covid related deaths in the first two years of the pandemic.
As per the data released by WHO, 8.3 lakh covid related deaths occurred in 2020. The Indian Government said that many people estimated to be around 81.2 lakh had died due to all causes apart from Covid.
As per data from death registration, a sharp rise in the number of cases was reported from the year 2018 to 2019.
According to the Government of India, “If 8.3 lakh of the 81.2 lakh deaths were caused by Covid 19, as the WHO says, non-Covid deaths in the year 2020 were only 73 lakh. India’s total death toll for a year has never been below 80 lakh since 2007 till when data is available.”