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India ‘Flying Blind’ on Virus Data as Modi’s No. 2 Gets Infected

  • Several cities, including Mumbai, Delhi have revised data
  • Experts say country’s mortality data mired in red-tape, delay
Amit Shah
Amit ShahPhotographer: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

Amit Shah, the man leading India’s fight against Covid-19 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top lieutenant, has been among government leaders touting the country’s low death rate as a success story.

In late June, Shah said India had seen much fewer deaths from the virus than the global average and other nations like the U.S., Brazil and the U.K. That showed a “country like India, even when compared to developed countries, has fought this fight very well,” he told New Delhi-based Asian News International in an interview.