Thousands of unreported deaths were found in Bihar, which raised suspicions that India’s official data did not include more coronavirus victims.
The health department of Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its total number of deaths related to COVID-19 from about 5,424 on Wednesday to more than 9,429.
A district health official said that the newly reported death occurred last month, and state officials are investigating the error and blaming private hospitals for supervision.
“These deaths occurred 15 days ago and are only uploaded to the government portal now. Actions will be taken against some private hospitals,” the official said. He was not authorized to speak to the media and therefore declined to be named.
Manas Mishra and Neha Arora reported for Reuters that health experts said they believe that the number of coronavirus infections and deaths across the country is severely underestimated, partly because there are few testing facilities in rural areas and two-thirds of Indians live There, and there are few hospitals. between.
Many people fell ill and died at home without being tested for coronavirus.
Rajeb Dasgupta, head of the Social Medicine and Community Health Center of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, told Reuters: “Under-reporting is a common problem, not necessarily intentional, but usually Because of insufficient.”
Dasgupta said: “In a rural context, no matter what the states say or claim, the test is not simple, easy or accessible.”
The main opposition Congress Party stated that other states must follow the example of Bihar and review the death toll in the past two months.
Congress spokesman Sharma Mohamad said: “This undoubtedly proves that the government has been concealing deaths from the new crown pneumonia,” adding that major states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat should also order audits.