India has reported a record rise in deaths from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, taking its total fatalities past the 200,000 mark, while overall daily cases rose by a record 360,960.
With 3,293 new deaths, India’s total number of fatalities now stands at 201,187, and the overall number of cases are now nearly at 18 million, according to health ministry data.
Meanwhile, experts say the true number of deaths is several times higher from what is being reported by government officials.
“The actual numbers of caseloads and deaths could be anything from 10 to 30 times higher,” Vikas Bajpai of the Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
“Together with under-reporting of cases and the large test positivity ratios we are seeing across the country, the true scale of the pandemic may be far worse than the numbers would suggest,” he said.
Sharing his projection with NDTV, Murad Banaji, a mathematics lecturer at Middlesex University said, “for every Covid-19 death counted, two more have been missed.