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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday, May 6, attacked the Union government over a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which claimed that there were 4.7 million COVID deaths in India, saying, “Science doesn’t lie. [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi does”.
47 lakh Indians died due to the Covid pandemic. NOT 4.8 lakh as claimed by the Govt.
Science doesn’t LIE. Modi does.
Respect families who’ve lost loved ones. Support them with the mandated ₹4 lakh compensation. pic.twitter.com/p9y1VdVFsA
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 6, 2022
Gandhi also demanded that the government should support the families that have lost loved ones by giving them the mandated Rs 4 lakh compensation.
The WHO on Thursday stated that 14.9 million people were killed either by COVID-19 directly or due to the pandemic’s impact on health systems and society.
According to the report, there were 4.7 million COVID deaths in India, which is ten times the official figures and almost a third of global COVID deaths.
India strongly objected to the use of mathematical models by the WHO for projecting excess mortality estimates linked to the coronavirus pandemic in view of the availability of authentic data, saying validity and robustness of the models used and methodology of data collection are questionable.