All-cause mortality during SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in India

by Gayatri Dewan

We are delighted to invite you to the 11th Consumer Pyramids Research Seminar on July 8 2021 at 8.30 PM IST (11 AM ET/ 8 AM PT / 4 PM UK).

Anup Malani from The University of Chicago Law School and Sabareesh Ramachandran from UC San Diego will present

All-cause mortality during SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in India

Their paper will be discussed by Chinmay Tumbe from IIM Ahmedabad.

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Government reports suggest that SARS-CoV-2 has caused roughly 23 million infections and 250,000 deaths in India through a sharp second wave of the pandemic. Serological surveys suggest a substantial undercount of cases, implying an age-adjusted infection fatality rate (IFR) perhaps 10 times lower than in developed countries. However, India’s death registration system may also undercount cases.

We combine data on confirmed COVID cases with deaths recorded in CMIE’s Consumer Pyramids Household Survey to examine how all-cause mortality rose during the pandemic in India, estimate the all-cause case fatality rate (CFR), and test if this rate has changed across India’s two waves. The CMIE data set contains 5 years of mortality and demographic data on roughly 174,000 households (1.2 million persons) representative of nearly all the country. Importantly, this data set reports deaths independently of the official death registry and contains roughly 12,000 deaths in between January 2020 and April 2021.


- 8.30 to 9.30 PM: Paper presentation by Anup Malani and Sabareesh Ramachandran

- 9.30 to 10.00 PM: Discussion by Chinmay Tumbe followed by moderated Q&A

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