THD NewsDesk, New Delhi: The second wave of Covid 19 has shattered and hit India in a more intensive way. As of 17th April, India has registered 2,61,394 new cases and it’s not getting any better. The death rates of various states have also spiked up and the problem arises in understanding the authenticity of the statistics for the common public. The government is reportedly hiding the number of deaths in the veil of their authentic sources.
The records maintained by the government and the crematoriums and graveyards are telling two different stories. The last rites of 108 people were performed in Bhopal on Thursday while the Madhya Pradesh government claimed that only 8 people have died of the fatal virus on the day.
Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat (crematorium) secretary Mamtesh Sharma said,
“Eighty-eight people were cremated in our crematorium on Thursday. Of them, 72 were the ones who had died of coronavirus.”
Moreover, Zada Graveyard Committee, Jahangirabad, president Rehan Golden said,
“Burial of 17 people took place in our cemetery. Of them, 10 were the ones who died of coronavirus. Eight of the deceased were local while the two hailed from other districts.”
Subhash Nagar Vishram Ghat manager Sobhraj Sukhwani said,
“Last rites of 51 people (21 of them Bhopal residents) were performed at our crematorium on Thursday.”
Against all these data stands the government record of Madhya Pradesh which shows only 666 patients had died of COVID-19 in Bhopal district since the outbreak.
Another questionable government in the limelight currently is in the capital city. Delhi has now crossed Maharashtra to mark the highest number of cases every day. It registered 25,500 new cases in a single day on Saturday.
The North Delhi Mayor claimed that the data produced by government reports is not authentic in regards to the death rates. According to the official data, on April 16th, 141 fatalities were reported. However, he claimed that the number was actually 193.
“According to cremations and burials performed of COVID-19 victims, the number of fatalities stands at 193.”
In civic areas across Delhi, 300 platforms have been reserved for COVID victims, he said.
Amidst the escalating cases, CM Kejriwal has urged the Center for help as the state is deprived of oxygen supply and even hospital beds for treatment.
Moreover, in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi’s Harishchandra crematorium’s record book suggests that at least 50% of deaths due to the disease in the second wave haven’t made it to the state’s official bulletins between April 1 and 15.
Also, the state’s claim that there have been 0 deaths in Agra, Ghaziabad and Jhansi districts in the preceding 24 hours, and just one death from Bareilly is not authentic according to sources.
The official reports claim that Ghaziabad has reported only 4 “COVID-related deaths” so far in April while the data of Hindon cremation ground shows a completely different story. In a story by The Wire, one official has commented that
“More than 50 bodies of COVID patients had arrived on Friday, at least 15 of them meant for the electric crematorium. On Saturday, he said that the situation remained the same, as close to 50 bodies were brought throughout the day. On both these days, curiously, the official bulletin released by the UP government maintained that there were zero deaths in the district.”
These states are not the last to have this big anomaly in the toll of fatalities between the actual number and the government statistics. It is just a matter of time that the data of the other states become public.
According to different data analysts, the peak of this second wave is yet to be reached and the fatalities are already touching the sky now. The spread of misinformation about the death rates in the public due to the huge gap between the converted fiction of the government statistics and the reality is pushing people more towards confusion where all are surrounded by death, decay and morbidity already.