Study: More than 13 million people died of covid in urban India

According to official statistics, less than 300,000 Indians have died due to covid-19 infection in 2021. However, according to latest data of YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey, this is a colossal underestimation of actual deaths.

Key findings

  • YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey was conducted online in between June-July 2021. It covered 10,285 respondents from households across 203 cities and towns.
  • According to the survey, 17% of the respondents lost someone in their household because of covid-19 since the start of 2021. This equal to 13.9 million deaths among urban netizens of India.
  • Scale of covid-19 tragedy is evident from the fact that, six in ten respondents lost someone in their own family or close circle.
  • Among the largest cities, Delhi and Hyderabad witnessed relatively higher death tolls.

Under-reporting of Data

  • Government officials have sought under-reporting of official data and brush aside complaints on shortages of hospital beds and oxygen during second wave of Covid-19. In a writer reply to Rajya Sabha, Union health minister said no reports of patients dying due to shortage of oxygen and lack of hospital facilities were received.
  • However, respondents of YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial survey reported, knew patients who faced difficulties in getting a bed or oxygen cylinders. 46% of respondents were aware of cases when patient lost their life because of lack of medical supplies and oxygen.
  • 63% respondents said, they or someone in their family or in immediate neighbourhood faced difficulty finding hospital beds or oxygen cylinders.

Yougov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey

This survey was conducted by the Indian arm of global market research firm YouGov, Mint, and w Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research (CPR). Half the respondents were millennials and rest were pre-millennials (40+) or post-millennials (aged 18-24). It was the sixth of a series of bi-annual surveys that aims to examine aspirations, anxieties and attitudes of India’s digital natives.

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