"Government On Report Of "Vastly Undercounted" COVID Deaths

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In response to media reports that India is "grossly underestimating" the number of deaths from COVID-19, the government said Thursday that reports suggesting all excess deaths are from COVID-19 are unfounded and completely false.

The Coalition's Ministry of Health said that with India's strong, statutory death registration system, deaths are unlikely to go unnoticed under the Principles of Infectious Disease and Control. “During a pandemic, the inflated death toll in India could reach millions, and officially the death toll from COVID-19 could be much lower,” the government said in a statement.

Citing several recent studies, this news report calculates excess mortality in India on a seropositivity basis using age-specific mortality rates in the United States and European countries.

"The extrapolation of deaths has been done on an audacious assumption that the likelihood of any given infected person dying is the same across countries, dismissing the interplay between various direct and indirect factors such as race, ethnicity, genomic constitution of a population, previous exposure levels to other diseases and the associated immunity developed in that population," the statement said.

Gray matter studies are also used to guide strategies and actions to further prevent the spread of infection among vulnerable populations, and provide another basis for assessing mortality. As it declines over time, the actual prevalence is underestimated and mortality from infection is over esementated.

"Further, the reports assume that all the excess mortality figures are COVID-19 deaths, which is not based on facts and totally fallacious. Excess mortality is a term used to describe an all-cause mortality figure and attributing these deaths to COVID-19 is completely misleading," the statement stated.

India has a deep contact tracing strategy. All primary contacts, with or without symptoms, are tested for COVID-19. The actual case found was positive by RT-PCR, the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

In addition to contact information, there are more than 2,700 laboratories throughout the country, so anyone can do it. This, along with symptom awareness campaigns and access to health care, allows people to go to hospitals when they need it.

With a stable and legal death registration in India, death is impossible.

This can be seen in the number of deaths on the 31st, which he wrote.To avoid any discrepancy or confusion in the number of reported deaths, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) published in May 2020 the “Guidelines for Properly Recording COVID-19 Deaths in India”, which will cover all reported deaths. in state / UT. to ensure adequate reporting. Recommended by WHO for coding mortality.

Coalition Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a statement from Raja Sabha that the central government collects and discloses only data sent by the state.

The US Department of Health has recommended that several states and UTs register deaths in accordance with guidelines. The Ministry of Health also regularly emphasizes the need for a reliable reporting mechanism for daily monitoring of cases and deaths in the area.

States are encouraged to do an in-depth analysis of their hospitals and report missing or death cases by region and date for data-driven decisions.

At the peak of the second wave, the entire health care system was focused on effective clinical management and reporting of cases requiring medical attention.

In addition to this reporting, all births and deaths in the country are recorded thanks to the stability of the legal system of registration of citizens (CPS).

CRS follows the process of collecting, cleaning, comparing and uncovering numbers. Although this process takes a long time, it ensures that no accidents are missed. The statement said that data on the space and amplitude of activity are usually published in a year.

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