With more over 3.74 lakh people having lost their lives to coronavirus in India, Andhra Pradesh reports over 130,000 deaths in May 2021, or nearly five times the usual number of deaths reported in the month, According to the official statistics data, In all, the excess mortality reported by the state from January to May 2021 was 34 times the official Covid-19 toll for the same time.
This report also uses data from the country’s civil registration system. The data shows that in May 2018 and 2019, the average number of deaths reported in Andhra Pradesh is 27,100. In May 2021, this rose to saw over 130,000.
According to the report, there was a substantial increase in mortality in Andhra Pradesh in August and September 2020, towards the end of India’s first wave. This also shows that the actual COVID-19 death toll was several times higher than the official figure.
The report adds that in Tamil Nadu, the data shows that nearly 400,000 deaths were registered between January 1 and June 13 this year. The state only provides annual totals of registered deaths, which averages to 593,000 in the whole of 2018-19.