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Even Record Death Toll May Hide Extent of India’s Covid Crisis

  • Crematorium figures shows Covid deaths in excess of data
  • Credible data can help prepare for future wave of infections
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WATCH: Investors everywhere should pay close attention to the virus situation in India. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Bodies piling up at crematoriums and burial grounds across India are sparking concerns that the death toll from a ferocious new Covid-19 wave may be much higher than official records, underplaying the scale of a resurgence that is overwhelming the country’s medical system.

Several cities across the South Asian nation have reported shocking details of bodies, wrapped in protective gear and identified by hospitals as virus-related deaths, lined up outside crematoriums for hours. Accounts collated by Bloomberg from relatives of the dead and workers and eyewitnesses at crematoriums in at least five cities indicate that the real number of Covid fatalities could be significantly higher than the deaths being reported by local government health departments.