PM Modi quotes selective data to paint a rosy picture of India’s COVID-19 response -Sam Jawed
“Lies, damned lies and statistics”. The phrase is often used to show that numbers have a persuasive power but when presented selectively they have the power to mislead. In his recent address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted some statistics to explain how India is managing the coronavirus pandemic better than many developed countries. The PM stated that India has 5,500 cases per 10 lakh (million) as compared to 25,000 cases per million in the US and Brazil.
He further said that in India, the death rate at per million population is 83 whereas, in countries such as the US, UK and Brazil, the number is over 600.
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Altnews.in, 22 October, 2020, https://www.altnews.in/pm-modi-quotes-selective-data-to-paint-a-rosy-picture-of-indias-covid-19-response/