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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Counting the Uncounted

An investigation by The Indian Express team of reporters suggests that there is an undercount in the number of Covid-19 deaths. But exactly how much may never be known — it can only be estimated and, that too, in at least a year given the way India counts its dead. As part of the investigation, the newspaper approached several state governments of whom eight — these account for almost a third of all Covid deaths as of last week — provided records of deaths they have registered in April and May this year as per the Civil Registration System (CRS).

COUNTING THE UNCOUNTED NEWS

Bihar, Karnataka expand diagnosis of Covid death: lung, clinical evidence

August 05, 2021 12:26 pm

An ex gratia policy probably puts some public pressure on the political executive to take note of grievances, and also incentivises people to get themselves tested or admitted, if at all, only to get a Covid-19 positive report.

Experts Explain: Identifying Covid-19 deaths is the challenge, but hard to hide large numbers

August 07, 2021 9:04 am

Given how India counts its dead and, is getting better at it with each year, experts said, there is a consensus that the extra deaths will not go uncounted; although it may go unidentified as Covid.

1.12 times in Kerala to 2.86 times in Madhya Pradesh: April-May death surge looms over Covid death count

August 04, 2021 5:52 pm

Counting the uncounted - India's Covid-19 death toll: The Indian Express obtained latest registered death data from 8 states that point to a spike but limited to April & May and varying sharply across states.