Economist says 10 lakh Indians will die of COVID-19

Economist says 10 lakh Indians will die of COVID-19

"Leading epidemiologist Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director, Center for Disease Dynamics projects this: If mathematical models applied in the US and the UK were applied to India, we could be looking at 300 million Corona infections, 10 million serious and 1 million deaths," prominent journalist Rahul Kanwal of India Today recently said.  Since then, the doctor's views have been sought by top journalists such as Barkha Dutt.  

In his interview to Dutt, the doctor said that every single Indian will get COVID-19 eventually.  "By July, 300 to 500 million will get.  We will lose 2-3 million," he said.  Months later, the outbreak will re-emerge and infect the rest of the population, he added.  

His views, however, have received much condemnation.  Several commentators are of the view that the mathematical model deployed by him is far-fetched and extremely flawed.  Some social media influencers have attributed motives to Ramanan, saying that he is peddling snake oil as an NGO man.  

The fact remains that Ramanan is not a medical doctor but an economist.