The ministry further reiterated the Centre's transparency in its approach to COVID-19 data management and said a robust system of recording all COVID-19 related deaths already exists.
According to the data with the registrar of births and deaths, the deaths of these many people have also been certified as because of Covid, besides the official toll of 14,380.
Patients aged 50-80 yrs account for almost half the total number of deaths
No govt agency has stats on Malayalis who died of Covid abroad
Dr VK Monga specifically stressed that the trend may continue for another week or so before settling down in proportion to the number of daily cases.
Govt says 122 persons died of COVID in Kasaragod but before the district medical officer stopped sharing data, he counted 248 deaths till December 2020.
The virus that surfaced in late 2019 in central China and the ensuing pandemic has infected more than 100 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns.