Rahul Gandhi takes aim at Prime Minister Modi over the WHO’s Covid death estimate

Rahul Gandhi, a senior Congress politician, took aim at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in response to a New York Times piece alleging that the Indian government was impeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) efforts to publicise its estimate of excess Covid fatalities. According to the article, the WHO assessment would reveal that India’s coronavirus illness death toll is over eight times the official figure.

Gandhi stated on Twitter that the prime minister neither tells the truth nor permits others to do so. He stated that his earlier allegation of 40 lakh deaths in India as a result of the virus has been vindicated, and he urged the government to compensate families of those killed by Covid-19 with 4 lakh.

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

“Modi ji does not say the truth; he does not allow others to speak the truth.” “The Wayanad Lok Sabha member tweeted in Hindi alongside a screenshot of the New York Times piece titled ‘India Is Stalking WHO’s Efforts to Make Global Covid Death Toll Public’.

“They continue to claim that no one died of oxygen deficiency! I previously stated that 40 lakh Indians, not 5 lakh, perished as a result of the government’s carelessness in Covid. Please, Modi ji, compensate each victim’s family with a sum of Rs. 4 lakh,” he said.

According to a statement from the ministry of health and family welfare, the government has disagreed to the WHO’s methodology for determining the number of deaths caused by Covid-19. According to the government, the same mathematical methodology cannot be utilised to determine Covid mortalities for a major country like India and for smaller countries.

“India’s fundamental objection has not been to the outcome (whatever it may have been), but to the process used to arrive at it.”

“The worry is primarily with how the statistical model forecasts estimates for a country the size of India in terms of geography and population and also fits in with other countries with a lesser population,” it added.

The administration was reportedly taken aback by a phrase in the report that stated that the NYT was able to collect WHO data on excess Covid-19 mortality in India but was “unable to obtain numbers for other countries.”

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