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1.02 Lakh ‘Excess’ Deaths in K’taka in ‘21, 5 Times the COVID Toll

Bengaluru city alone has registered 87,082 deaths from all causes from January to 15 June 2021, as per BBMP data.

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Karnataka has recorded 3,37,580 (3.37 lakh) deaths from all causes between 1 January and 15 June this year, according to its civil registration system (CRS). This is many more than the deaths recorded between January and June in pre-pandemic years.

While in 2019 there were 2.35 lakh deaths in this six month period, the state saw 2.24 lakh deaths between January and June in 2018.

This means Karnataka has reported an ‘excess’ of 1,02,429 deaths between 1 January and 15 June 2021 compared to the 1 January - 30 June period in 2019.

Worryingly, this number is five times the official COVID-19 death toll of 21,048 recorded for the period in the state. While not all of these ‘excess’ deaths may be due to COVID-19, a majority are likely to be, believe experts — but this has not been reflected in the state’s medical bulletins.

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