Underreporting of COVID-19 Deaths in India
On being asked if the report showed that the government was hiding data, Subramanian said, “Nowhere in this study we said that the government is fudging data. We have traditional weakness in our capacity to do this. It is just that our systems are not as good as they should be”, NDTV reported.
The researchers have used data from the Civil Registration System to measure the difference between deaths registered during the pandemic years, 2020 and 2021, and other years.
It is also implemented at the state-level. Whether they were medically certified or not, the system is meant to record deaths from all causes and every location.
The Civil Registration System’s data from seven states was also taken into account in the study done by Subramanian and his colleagues.
Further, it also considered blood tests showing the prevalence of the virus in India alongside global COVID-19 fatality rates and the country’s economic survey, which covers nine…