Dr Avinash Supe, a member of the Covid death audit committee, said a drop in deaths due to communicable diseases and trauma was expected, but heart attack and cancer deaths simply cannot disappear; factors such as certification, deaths at home need to be looked into closely.
Hospitals had seen a decline in cardiac events in the first few months of the pandemic because of a combination of factors and partly due to the fear of coming to hospitals, said cardiologist Dr Brian Pinto. The numbers normalised as everything started to open.
The data showed deaths in Mumbai were up 22.7% in 2020 over the earlier year, and a vast majority of them is attributed—as in the earlier years—to ‘Other Diseases’. That head could include deaths due to septicaemia, bacterial diseases, intestinal infection, blood disorders, encephalitis, and poisoning, among others
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