Bengal Reports Excess Death from Covid-19

Bengal had reported a figure of around 10, 787 deaths that happened with the period from April 2020 to May 2021. However, recent reports say that Bengal has an 'excess death' of about 1, 20, 227, which is 11.1 times the figure originally reported. This number has been registered by the CRS, or the Civil Registration System, in West Bengal.

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On top of this already high count of excess, five districts of Bengal had been excluded from this analysis - Darjeeling, Jhargram, Kalimpong, North 24 Parganas, and Paschim Medinipur. In the cases of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, the online registration data was incomplete for all years, while for the other three districts, the data was incomplete for specific years - thus resulting in the discrepancy in data.

This issue of 'excess' is not particular to any specific time frame; this, rather, has been found to be a characteristic in both the waves of the Pandemic. In fact, just within April and May of this year, an excess of 51,353 deaths has been tallied, which is 14. 4 times the official death toll, which was 5,212.

Incidentally, this period also marked the time of the Vidhansabha elections for Bengal - whether or not that is a mere coincidence remains debatable.

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