In other news, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday claimed 40 lakh Indians died during the coronavirus pandemic due to the government’s “negligence”, and once again demanded that all families of the deceased be given Rs 4 lakh compensation each.
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India questions WHO’s methodology to calculate Covid-19 mortalities
India on Saturday questioned the World Health Organization’s methodology to estimate Covid-19 mortalities in the country, saying using such a mathematical modelling cannot be applied to estimate the death figures for such a vast nation of geographical size and population.
The Union health ministry issued a statement in response to a New York Times article titled India Is Stalling WHO’s Efforts to Make Global Covid-19 Death Toll Public dated April 16, saying the country has on several occasions shared its concerns with the global health body over the methodology used.
India has been in regular and in-depth technical exchange with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the issue. The analysis, which uses mortality figures directly obtained from Tier I set of countries, uses a mathematical modelling process for Tier II countries (which includes India), the ministry said.