Actual Covid infections in India 17 times higher than reported: BHU study

Updated: Feb 8 2023 3:31PM

New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) The actual COVID-19 infections in India may be around 17 times higher than the official figure, a study led by researchers at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) suggests.

According to government data, nearly 4.5 crore people in India have been infected with COVID-19 so far. However, the study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID) estimated that the actual coronavirus cases in the country may be between 58 to 98 crores.

The research "has shown that the actual corona infection in India was at least 17 times higher," according to a statement by BHU.