Harshitha Manwani is an alumna of the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (2018-2019). She has worked for Common Cause, a non-governmental organization, dedicated to championing public policy. She assisted the research team there by reporting on several events, which include Safe in India Foundation and India Police Foundation, among others.
Through death register data obtained from across the country, The Reporters’ Collective estimates that in the pandemic 3,59,496 more people died than in a normal year in just 3 states where officially only 28,609 died of Covid. Experts fear relatives of thousands of Covid-19 victims will be excluded from compensation due to lack of medical records, poor testing and red-tape despite the Centre initiating compensation procedure on the instructions of the Supreme Court.