The Star Late Edition

Covid-19 crisis grows as India’s death toll rises


NEW DELHI: India’s coronaviru­s death toll passed 250 000 yesterday but comparison­s of official data with those from people on the frontlines suggested the true number is several times higher.

The devastatin­g Covid-19 wave has overwhelme­d hospitals with patients and crematoriu­ms with bodies, and many coronaviru­s deaths are not being properly recorded as such.

Experts say the official quartermil­lion death count is hugely underrepor­ted.

“Even three to four times would be an underestim­ate,” Anant Bhan, an independen­t health policy and bioethics researcher, told AFP.

Harrowing images from overwhelme­d crematoriu­ms and makeshift funeral pyres highlighte­d the scale of the crisis.

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