| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

India releases 2020 death data ahead of WHO COVID mortality study it objects

India had approximately 475,000 more total deaths in 2020 than the previous year, according to government data released months ahead of schedule on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization prepares its estimates of excess COVID-19 deaths, the methodology of which New Delhi has objected.

Some experts believe India’s actual COVID death toll is as high as 4 million, or roughly eight times the official figure, due to a record wave caused by the Delta variant that killed many people in April and May of last year. The WHO’s forecast will be released on Thursday.

  • Reuters