Narayan Mitra Abhijit Mitra India Bangladesh state Assam virus death guidelines Health Narayan Mitra Abhijit Mitra India Bangladesh state Assam

As India's coronavirus cases rise, so do questions over death toll

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coronavirus.Test results later revealed that Mitra had indeed been infected with COVID-19, as had his son, Abhijit, and four other family members in Silchar, in northeastern Assam state, on India's border with Bangladesh.But Narayan Mitra still isn't counted as a coronavirus victim.

The virus was deemed an “incidental" factor, and a panel of doctors decided his death was due to a previously diagnosed neurological disorder that causes muscle weakness.“He died because of the virus, and there is no point lying about it," Abhijit Mitra said of the finding, which came despite national guidelines that ask states to not attribute deaths to underlying conditions in cases where COVID-19 has been confirmed by tests.Such exclusions could explain why.

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