A new study estimated India's true COVID-19 death toll may be closer to 4 million people.
Researchers estimated that, in total, India's true death toll between January 2020 and June 2021 was between 3.4 and 4.7 million people, with up to 4 million of those deaths being solely due to COVID-19.
India's official COVID-19 death toll is more than 400,000, The New York Times reported.
The Indian government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been routinely criticized for under-counting COVID-19 deaths during different surges and for refusing lockdown measures.
"True deaths are likely to be in the several millions, not hundreds of thousands, making this arguably India's worst human tragedy," the study's authors wrote.
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