A massive revision of Covid-19 deaths in Bihar has sparked a controversy as the figure showed over 9,000 deaths which is 72% jump.
On Wednesday, the state government of Bihar told that the number of deaths in Bihar due to Covid-19 pandemic was 9,429. This dramatic rise is also impacting the Centre’s daily death figures.
This comes after the Patna High Court asked for an audit of casualties in the April-May Covid second surge amid the allegations that the Bihar government was hiding daily Covid cases and deaths in the state.
As per the data shown, the deaths between March 2020 to 2021 were 1,600 but the audit analysis from April to June 7 this year shows total 7.775 deaths, which is six times more.
The state’s Health Department, which had earlier claimed the deaths at 5,500, has now said that 72% more deaths have now been added after the verification from all states. The department has still not made it clear that when did these deaths occurred.
According to the new figures the most number of deaths are from state’s capital Patna- 2,303. The city also accounted for the highest number of “additional deaths reported after verification”.
While, three government-run cremation grounds in Patna claims 3,243 “Covid cremations” which is drawing more criticism from the opposition.
The Principal Secretary of State Health Department, Pratyay Amrit has explained the difference saying that if a person from another district died in Patna and was cremated here then the death would be counted in the deceased’s native district not in Patna.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s native district Nalanda has contributed 222 deaths.
The recovery rate in the state has also dipped to 97.65% from 98.70%.
The Opposition in Bihar is heavily criticising the Nitish Kumar government for hiding the actual Covid cases and deaths in the state.