Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar today hit back at the opposition BJP’s allegations of reporting Covid deaths, saying there are no rivers in the city where dead bodies can be dumped. In some states, notably BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, under-reporting of cases has been a huge issue – where bodies floating on the banks of the Ganges and in the river last month caused widespread shock and outrage .
“The figures of Covid deaths are not being hidden,” news agency ANI quoted Ms Pednekar as saying.
He said, “No data is being hidden in Mumbai. There is no river in Mumbai where bodies of people who died of corona are being dumped. In Mumbai all Covid deaths are recorded at three places, hence the data is hidden. Can’t go.”
Maharashtra was regularly criticized by the BJP until Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that a higher number of tests could reveal higher Covid figures, until the first and second waves of the disease caused huge numbers. There was a need to curb the number of Kovid in in the pandemic.
With 15,947 active cases, Mumbai’s management of Covid in the second wave has been seen as exemplary and the city has recovered rapidly from the ravages of the virus. It was also praised by the Supreme Court, which said during a hearing on oxygen shortage last month, “the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has done a remarkable job”.
The country’s official figures for a second wave of Covid-19 have been questioned by many as images of crematoriums and cemeteries were carried by publications around the world.
Thousands of anonymous graves on the banks of the river Ganges and floating bodies on the banks of the river ensured that the actual number of people who died due to COVID may never be known.