The Maharashtra government has ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to “clean up” the COVID-19 data and report whatever discrepancies there have been in virus-related deaths in the capital city. According to reports, the fatality numbers in Mumbai, which currently stands at 2,250, could see a jump by further 400-500.
Earlier on June 11, Principal Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas issued a notice to the civic body ordering all municipal corporations and districts to undertake a data reconciliation exercise. The exercise was scheduled to be completed by June 15.
According to sources, the notice was issued after several entities, including former CM Devendra Fadnavis, expressed concerns that many COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai were not being added to the toll.
In the letter issued to the civic bodies, state chief secretary Ajoy Mehta said, ” The exercise of cleaning up data will be completed in the next 2-3 days and will be made public. There is no reason to hide any data. We want the data to be as clean as possible as it is only then that we can plan for the situation.”
“Also, in this case, the data will be used as records and we cannot be casual about it. If it is found that someone has not reported deaths as COVID-19 deaths intentionally, strict action will be initiated,” he added.
Maharashtra govt hiding 950 COVID-19 deaths from Mumbai: Fadnavis
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the state Devendra Fadnavis on Monday alleged that Uddhav Thackeray-led government is hiding some 950 virus-related deaths from Mumbai.
He further added that the BMC has refused to follow the ICMR guidelines and certain deaths were not reported as occurred due to COVID-19. Despite clear guidelines from the ICMR, why the audit committee showed those deaths as non-COVID-19 deaths, questioned the former chief minister.
He said the action of the committee was not only condemnable but also criminal in nature.
(With inputs from timesnownews)