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AtouchytopicfortheCentreandStateshasbeenthecountingofthedeadfromCOVID-19.In2020,asthepandemicravagedEuropeandtheU.S.,HealthMinistryofficialswouldincessantlyarguethatIndiahadbettermanagedthepandemicbecauseitsdeathspermillionofpopulationwerecomparativelylower.Whilefactuallytrue,itwasalwaysapparentthattheargumentwasspeciousgiventhesize,demographicdifferenceandIndia’spercapitaaccesstoqualityhealthcare.Buttheferocioussecondwave,inAprilandMay,characterisedbytheveryvisiblescenarioofhospitalsbeingoverrun,andthesickgaspingforaverybasicnecessityofmedicaloxygen,revealedaspikeinexcessdeaths,comparedtothenormaldeathrateinpreviousyears.Eventhoughindependentdatabases,suchastheCRSandStaterecords,showlargespikesindeaths,withnootherexplicablecauseotherthanCOVID-19,theCentrecontinuestobeindenialofthemortalscaleofthepandemic.Tuesday’sstatementby
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