India Over 1,000 Covid deaths 'Missing' in Delhi data: Report

Over 1,000 Covid deaths ‘Missing’ in Delhi data: Report

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Data collected from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for 26 crematoriums it runs, shows that 3,096 cremations of Covid victims were conducted between April 18 and April 24, reported NDTV.

Delhi government showed 1,938 deaths in the same period – 1,158 Covid deaths in Delhi may have gone uncounted, the NDTV report said.

According to the report, MCD counts as Covid deaths only the bodies that are brought from hospitals.

“The reason for the mismatch of its data with official figures is not yet known,” the report said.

According to the report, a staff member at one of the crematoriums at Delhi said that people who died of Covid at home are not recorded as Covid cremations.

“People who come from hospitals, come in ambulances. Others bring (bodies) from home. But if we look at their reports we will find that it is respiratory failure,” NDTV quoted Anuj Bansal, a staff member of the Ghazipur crematorium, as saying.

“We put down their cause of deaths as Covid or normal. If the death happened at a hospital, we know if it’s Covid. When death happened at home, we don’t know for sure, so we always put it as normal,” he added.

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