Kerala Covid Death Report: Union Minster raises doubts

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan has raised concern over the number of Covid deaths being reported everyday by the Kerala Government. The Minister noted in his Facebook post that the Kerala government time and again has claimed that the number of Covid deaths in the state is the least when compared to the rest of the country.

Responding on the issue, the minister noted, "Iit has come to a stage that the figures read out by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his daily press meet do not tally with the figures brought out by the doctors at the Medical College hospital, in the state capital. According to them on May 12 at their hospital there were 70 Covid deaths. But that day according to the official figures in the capital district, the number of Covid deaths was 14 and in the state it was 95,"  Muraleedharan asks, one wishes to know what happened to the 56 dead here.

"These doctors point out that there was no space to keep the dead bodies at the mortuary, here. Wish to know why it happened. All wish to know who is lying, is it the government or the doctors?" asked Muraleedharan. He said that there is a general talk about the Covid death figures of the state and it has also been pointed out by many that the obituary reports in newspapers has also increased.

The Kerala government should ensure that things are done in the proper manner and should not do anything to play to the gallery, he said.

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