US President Donald Trump has questioned the credibility of India’s statistics on COVID-19 deaths.
Trump raised the objection during a fiery pre-election debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Biden had blamed Trump for the huge Covid-19 toll in the US which has recorded over 200,000 deaths and more than seven million infections.
In response, the president named India, China, Russia, saying it is not clear how many people have died from the disease in the countries because they don’t exactly give you straight count.
“When you talk about numbers you don’t know how many people died in China, you don’t know how many people died in Russia, you don’t know how many people died in India,” Trump said at the debate in Cleveland.
“They don’t exactly give you a straight count,” he said.
Trump added that “millions” could have died without his actions and again blamed the pandemic on China, which initially suppressed news of the disease when it emerged late last year.
India officially has more than 6.1 million coronavirus cases, second only to the US. On Tuesday, the country’s lead pandemic agency said that the real number could be more than 60 million, basing its findings on blood tests in the densely populated country.