Karnataka has recorded 3,37,580 (3.37 lakh) deaths from all causes between January 1 and June 15 this year, according to its civil registration system (CRS). This is many more than the deaths recorded between January and June in pre-pandemic years. While in 2019 there were 2.35 lakh deaths in this six-month period, the state saw 2.24 lakh deaths between January and June in 2018. This means Karnataka has reported an ‘excess’ of 1,02,429 deaths between January 1 and June 15, 2021, compared to the January 1-June 30 period in 2019. While not all of these ‘excess’ deaths may be due to COVID-19, a majority are likely to be, believe experts.