Excess deaths in Gujarat double official COVID-19 mortality during first wave: Study

Updated: Aug 18 2022 4:00PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) The number of excess deaths across 90 of Gujarat's 162 municipalities from March 2020 to April 2021 were double the state's official COVID-19 mortality numbers for the period, according to a study.

Excess mortality is defined as the increase in observed death counts compared to expected mortality.

The researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, US, and collaborators used data from civil death registers from 90 of 162 municipalities across Gujarat, to estimate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all-cause mortality.