Covid probably killed up to 5 million Indians, but not according ...

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Covid probably killed up to 5 million Indians, but not according to Modi

Extensive research puts the figure between 1,3 million and 4,9 million, but the prime minister says it’s 420,000

Bibhudatta Pradhan and Archana Chaudhary

India’s actual death toll from Covid-19 could range between 1,3 million and a staggering five million, with even the most conservative estimate putting its tally at more than double that of the US, the highest recorded in the world so far.

The numbers, derived from research models and local authority data, range from three to 10 times the country’s official count, adding to evidence that the true cost of the country’s outbreak has been massively underreported.

As corpses floated in the Ganges, a river sacred to millions of Hindus, and crematoria and graveyards were overwhelmed, scepticism grew over the death toll of about 420,000 recorded by prime minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has used the ostensibly low mortality rate to defend India’s Covid-19 track record...

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