Saturday, January 22, 2022

Health Ministry terms media reports baseless wherein under reporting of Covid deaths has been claimed

Health and Family Welfare Ministry has termed some media reports baseless and misleading wherein under reporting of Covid-19 deaths has been claimed.  There have been some media reports alleging a significant undercount of the actual number of people who have died in India due to COVID-19 in the first two waves, claiming that the final toll may be substantially greater crossing the figures of about three million.

Health Ministry has said, these reports are not based on facts and are mischievous in nature. It said, India has a very robust system of birth and death reporting and the the whole exercise is carried out under the overall oversight of the Registrar General of India.
Health Ministry said that Government of India has a very comprehensive definition to classify COVID deaths, based on globally acceptable categorisation. It said, all deaths are being independently reported by States and are being compiled centrally.

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