AFP reports that a study released by the Center for Global Development, a U.S. research organization, on the 20th revealed that the number of people who actually died from Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) in India was 10 times the official figure of more than 410,000 people, estimated at between 3.4 million and 4.7 million, which could be the worst humanitarian disaster in India since independence. This could be the worst humanitarian disaster in India since independence.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s instant statistics, by about 6:00 p.m. Taiwan time on July 20, the global death toll was about 4,097,219, and the death toll in India was 414,482. In other words, if the data of the aforementioned study is true, the actual number of disease deaths in India may exceed the total number of deaths in the current global statistics.
The report points out that the study by the Center for Global Development estimates that India, with a population of 1.3 billion, has the highest number of deaths due to disease to date.
One of the reasons for India’s severe outbreak in April and May this year was the spread of the highly infectious variant of Delta virus. The study, which analyzed data from the outbreak through June of this year, concluded that between 3.4 million and 4.7 million Indians died from Wuhan pneumonia. The center’s report is based on an estimate of “excess mortality,” or the number of additional deaths compared to pre-epidemic statistics.
India’s official death toll from the disease is the third highest in the world, after 609,231 in the United States and 542,756 in Brazil.