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India’s Covid death toll ‘could be 10 times official figure and as high as 4,700,000′

FILE PHOTO: Family members of Vijay Raju, who died due to the coronavirus disease, mourn before his cremation at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar/File Photo
Family members in India mourn before a cremation (Picture: Reuters)

India’s Covid death toll could be a staggering 4million — ten times the official figure, a new study reveals.

The true figure for excess deaths during the pandemic would make it modern India’s worst human tragedy.

Most experts believe the official toll of 414,000 is a vast undercount, but the government has dismissed their concerns as exaggerated.

Yesterday’s comprehensive report estimated excess deaths — the gap between those recorded and those that would have been expected — to be between three million to 4.7million between January 2020 and June 2021.

It said an accurate figure may ‘prove elusive’ but the true death toll ‘is likely to be an order of magnitude greater than the official count’.

Researchers from the US-based Center for Global Development used three data sources to estimate India’s excess all-death mortality.

Over the last few months, some Indian states have increased their Covid death toll after finding thousands of previously unreported cases.

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen inside a car provided by a Gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021. India???s medical oxygen shortage has become so dire that this gurdwara began offering free breathing sessions with shared tanks to COVID-19 patients waiting for a hospital bed. They arrive in their cars, on foot or in three-wheeled taxis, desperate for a mask and tube attached to the precious oxygen tanks outside the gurdwara in a neighborhood outside New Delhi. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Covid patient receives oxygen in a car in New Delhi, India (Picture: AP)
A patient collapses as is rushed on a cycle rickshaw outside a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) which provides free oxygen to patients under a tent installed along a roadside amid COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Ghaziabad on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
A patient collapses after being diagnosed with Covid-19 in India (Picture: Getty)

It comes as the World Health Organisation warned that more than 100,000 people will die from Covid around the world between now and the end of the Olympics.

A meeting of the International Olympic Committee was told in Tokyo that the pandemic is ‘a test and the world is failing’.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the WHO, said: ‘More than four million people have died and more continue to die. Already this year, the number of deaths is more than double last year’s total.

‘In the time it takes me to make these remarks, more than 100 people will lose their lives to COVID-19.

‘And by the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on 8 August, more than 100,000 more people will perish.’

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