I created a map with death per lakh of population (DPL) of Indian States using @MoHFW_INDIA@twitter.com data
Population of as of March 2001 (projected) from National Commission on Population Report, 2019 (Table 8) is used.
Official DPL of various states is quite baffling #Thread
Take first Delhi, though Delhi recorded 2nd highest DPL, many activists as well as media outlets bring how Delhi tried to suppress the death numbers.
Latest story is from @email@example.com where they allege that 4500 numbers are missing from official data https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/in-delhi-number-of-covid-funerals-overshoot-official-death-toll/article34566714.ece?homepage=true
Another is an old story from @ThePrintIndia@twitter.com, dated 15 May 2020, where it is alleged that the actual deaths are more than 4 times the official figure
Brave regional media journalists started reporting about the dead bodies in holy rivers and huge pile of bodies covered in sand in the banks of rivers.
This should be applauded because the retribution from the Government is beyond all limits.
If anyone want to believe the DPL of 3.4 from Bihar, then there is no need to read this #thread further.
Its neighbours West Bengal shows 13.39 & Jharkhand shows 11.52 DPL.
If you think that Bihar is much superior than both its neighbours, I rest my case here.
Hon'ble High Court came heavily on Telangana Govt and said them that "don't fudge the numbers".
I leave it here for you to draw your conclusions about Telangana numbers!
Another magical number is shown by Odisha Government, which shows 5.21 DPL, while Chattisgarh (39.30), Andhra Pradesh (17.56), West Bengal (13.39) & Jharkhand (11.52) borders them.
I read this thread about Odisha recently & it makes sense https://twitter.com/uttirna96/status/1392383591783362560?s=20
Many activists like @Charakan@twitter.com and journalists like @george_TNIE@twitter.com questioned even Kerala's official figures, which is believed to be one of the health infrastructure and maintain a continuous data flow from the beginning.
See this @BBCIndia@twitter.com story
Karnataka and Bangalore stories are more horrifying at present. Read this story and look at Karnataka's DPL of 32.07
Tamil Nadu's new CM told his officials not to fudge the #COVID19 data and report the actual numbers.
Now look at their 22.72 with lots of salt.
@firstname.lastname@example.org had done an article in @email@example.com quoting Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and making a suggestion that India's death numbers will be 3 times more than the official numbers.
With the pouring anecdotal evidence I now think @firstname.lastname@example.org estimate is on a low side.
I will go with the estimate provided by @email@example.com in this thread.
Whether we will know the actual #COVID19 death figures?
From day one, our policy was focused on reporting less cases, less tests and suppress fatalities.
Of course, we have been asked to bang utensils & light diyas to scare the COVID.
Data suppression was easy in 1st wave!
But once the #SecondCOVIDWave came like a tsunami, we paid a heavy price for the data fudging!
We never prepared at all. If we had transparent & honest data, we would have created more facilities and gone for universal vaccination on war footing instead of anti-science stupidity
The data is so important for making right policy decisions & managing future pandemics.
What India can do to get the actual data? We can make it through our Census, which will have very specific questions #COVID19 related deaths, framed in consultation with public health experts
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