The Centre has rebuffed a speculative media report published in an international English daily claiming huge gaps in reporting of COVID related deaths in India.
The Health Ministry termed the report to be completely false and baseless adding that the country is using a robust mechanism to record COVID related deaths from the very beginning of the pandemic.
It said, that infact many deaths which are happening due to comorbid conditions in people infected with corona virus are also classified under the COVID related deaths.
NITI Aayog Member and Chairperson of the National Expert Group of Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, NEGVAC, Dr. V. K. Paul said the international media report placing the death toll in the country at a much higher figure is merely based on assumptions.
He added that where on one hand the report derives its rate of infection figures from the sero survey done in the country, on the contrary it has chosen to rely on a completely unfounded rate when it comes to citing the death figures.
Dr. Paul said that as per the sero survey undertaken in the country the death rate is projected to be nearly 0.05 per cent of the total infected cases whereas the speculative media report has assumed it to be at around 0.3 per cent to 0.6 per cent.
Dr. Paul termed such kind of reportage to be completely unfair which is merely based on assumptions and bears no correlation to the actual scenario on the ground.