Chennai: The variety of coronavirus deaths in Chennai might have gone up by 200 in a single day, after it emerged that deaths within the metropolis’s municipal information weren’t all reported to the state authorities.
The well being division has arrange a nine-member COVID Demise Reconciliation Committee panel to kind out an enormous mismatch within the tally.
At the very least 200 extra deaths registered in Chennai Company information, not reported to the authorities, may practically double the town’s COVID demise tally of 279.
Many non-public and some authorities hospitals, well being officers say, haven’t duly knowledgeable COVID deaths to the Well being Division. Though these particulars are normally despatched over a interval, within the pandemic disaster, the reporting ought to have been performed every day, mentioned the officers.
“Sure. We have now constituted the committee for reconciliation of demise figures,” Selva Vinayagam, Director of Public Well being, informed NDTV. He didn’t give the precise numbers they want to reconcile.
Chennai has 27,398 coronavirus instances, which is 70 per cent of the state’s tally of 38,716. In keeping with the well being division statistics, of the 349 virus deaths in Tamil Nadu, 279 are from Chennai alone.
The Tamil Nadu authorities has been citing a low mortality charge of lower than 1 per cent — lowest within the nation. However the newest developments have led to allegations that deaths in Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s virus hotspot, have been intentionally underreported to mission a low mortality charge of 0.88 per cent.
Chief Minister E Palaniswami denied the cost. “There isn’t any achieve for the federal government by hiding data. We’re clear. Deaths in authorities hospitals have been accounted for. About deaths in non-public hospitals we report on the idea of data we get,” he informed reporters.