Govt dismisses NYT report on Covid toll, terms it completely baseless

The authorities on Thursday dismissed as “completely baseless” a latest New York Times report on Covid-19 toll in India, saying it’s not backed by any proof.

 

At a press convention, the Union well being ministry stated the report is completely false and primarily based on “distorted estimates”.

The report titled “Just how big could India’s true Covid toll be” estimated 600,000 deaths because of the an infection within the nation in a conservative situation, 1.6 million estimated deaths in a extra doubtless situation and four.2 million estimated deaths in a worse situation.

 

Dismissing the report, Health ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal stated, “It is completely baseless and absolutely false and not backed on any evidence.”

“The question does not arise that Covid-related deaths are getting concealed because since the beginning, our efforts have been that all cases and deaths are reported in a transparent manner. It is also necessary so that we can understand the overall trajectory of infection and what efforts have to be made so that required actions can be taken for it,” he stated.

 

NITI Aayog Member (Health) V Okay Paul stated the report relies on distorted estimates.

 

“The estimates have been done ad-hoc without any basis… reported cases are a part of a larger universe of total infections in any country,” he stated.

 

He stated the issue within the evaluation arises “when certain number is thrown as mortality rate out of that infection”.

 

“If we go with our sero survey, then infection related mortality is 0.05 per cent and actual mortality is 1.1 per cent… They are taking 0.3 per cent – 6 times – on what basis has it been decided that it is 0.3 per cent of that large infection number – no basis at all,” Paul stated.

 

He additional stated that if the identical technique is used, then by that estimate New York reported 50,000 deaths in May.

 

“I make it six times, it is 90,000 deaths and if I do it 12 times, it is 1.75 lakh deaths but they don’t say that, they say it is 16,000. What I mean to say here is this is a distorted estimate for mortality. For infection estimate, they used our data only from January which can still be acceptable,” Paul stated.

 

“On what basis this group pulls out infection mortality rate of 0.3 per cent in one scenario and 0.15 another scenario and 0.6 in another scenario? On what basis, this is just an assumption and a feeling of some people and this is something that should have been not published particularly in so called prestigious publication. I submit that we have a strong mortality tracking system which has stood the test of time,” he stated.

 

Paul stated there may be deaths the place testing was not accomplished however “outrageous issue instantly with none foundation and simply on assumption isn’t honest and we do not settle for it”.