India reports more than 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, third in the world, academics question: Millions short

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India reported nearly 150,000 new confirmed cases and 1,072 deaths in the past 24 hours on Thursday.India is the third country in the world after the United States and Brazil to have more than 500,000 deaths so far.But according to Reuters, several data analysts have questioned India’s official figures.According to one of the Indian academics, studies have estimated that around 3 million people in India have died of Novel coronavirus infections as early as mid-2021.India is currently in the third wave of COVID-19, hit by the omicron variant, according to Indian officials.Some Indian experts say it is clear that the virus has spread in the community, despite government officials’ claims that most cases are mild.New Delhi: India has reported 149,394 new cases and 1,072 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.The death toll in India now stands at 500055 with more than half a million.This is the longest time it has taken India to add 100,000 deaths, suggesting that the fatality rate from the virus leveled off after vaccination was rolled out across The country, The Times of India said.India’s death toll reached 400,000 on July 1, 2020, and passed 500,000 days later.However, India’s official figures are not convincing, with several data analysts questioning the country’s cumulative death toll.Chinmay Tumbe, assistant professor at IIM Ahmedabad, told Reuters that their previous study published in Science, using three different databases, estimated that “as early as mid-2021, about 3 million people in India had died from novel coronavirus infections”.Earlier, experts from several countries said the actual number of confirmed cases and deaths in India could be much higher than reported.According to the University of Washington’s Health Metrics and Evaluation study, epidemic models predict that the number of deaths in India will reach 1 million by August 2021.The Lancet has argued that if such an outcome happens, Modi’s government will be held responsible for its own national disaster.Reuters reported that India’s lax testing standards also undermined the data.Last month, the government relaxed nucleic acid testing standards and asked local governments to remove mandatory testing for contacts of confirmed cases.The move comes after several Indian governments admitted errors in counting deaths due to delays in registration and other administrative errors.Hit by the third wave of the epidemic, the Indian government is aggressively rolling out vaccination campaigns in remote parts of the country to boost vaccination rates.At least 93.3% of the country’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far, and 71.1% of them have completed two doses, toI said, citing official data.This article is an exclusive article, shall not be reproduced without authorization.