The Health Ministry has rejected media reports alleging a “significant undercount” of Covid-19 deaths in the first two waves in India, saying these are fallacious, ill-informed and mischievous in nature.

In a statement, the ministry rubbished some media reports alleging a “significant undercount” of the actual number of people who have died in India due to Covid-19 in the first two waves and that the final toll may be “substantially greater” crossing the figures of about three million.

“It is clarified that such media reports are fallacious and ill-informed. They are not based on facts and are mischievous in nature. India has a very robust system of birth and death reporting which is based on a statute and is carried out regularly from the gram panchayat level to the district level and state level,” the statement said