New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Thursday said 2,098 people had died of Covid-19 in the national capital in the period between March and 10 June. The figure contradicts the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s health bulletin, which pins the death toll in the national capital at 984 as of 10 June.
The MCD’s figures also come four days after ThePrint Monday reported that data gathered from the five Covid-designated crematoriums did not match the Delhi government’s death figures. The data revealed that 1,019 ‘coronavirus cremations’ had taken place in these crematoriums, between 27 May and 7 June, while the Delhi government pegged the deaths at 509 for the same period.
Jai Prakash, chairperson, standing committee, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, in a statement Thursday said that the figures were collated after the Delhi government issued a notice to all three MCDs (East, South and North) on 16 May seeking a clarification on the discrepancies around deaths in Delhi. The three MCDs are ruled by the BJP.
Funerals have been held for all 2,098 deaths: Prakash
Prakash also said that the last rites have been held for all of the patients.
“From March till 10th June, in all 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi, there have been around 2,098 Covid-19 deaths for which funerals have been held in crematoriums as well as burial grounds,” he said. “This is for Covid positive cases, for suspected cases we have given separate figures. The Delhi government knows that from May there’s been a mismatch, but why isn’t it acting?”
According to the statement, from March to 10 June, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has recorded 767 deaths, while South Delhi Municipal Corporation has recorded 1089 deaths and 42 deaths have been recorded by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
“We demand that the Delhi government appoint a nodal officer who coordinates data from the municipal bodies and then passes it to the state government. The nodal officer must also submit his report in the next 5-7 days,” Bhupender Gupta, the chairman of the SDMC standing committee, told ThePrint.
According to the Delhi government health bulletin, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the city stood at 32,810 with 19,581 active cases and 984 deaths.