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Friday, 17 September 2021 6.23 AM IST

Variation in figures on Covid deaths, 7000 more people than CM said, says RTI

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Almost a month after Health Minister Veena George promised to come out with a list of Covid deaths following Congress-led UDF allegation that the deaths were being fudged, on Tuesday the opposition leader V D Satheesan brought a list that said that 7,316 Covid deaths have been understated.


Satheesan said they have option but to approach the judiciary to see that there is proper accountability in the death figures.


"Numerous deaths of people who had comorbidities but passed away with Covid have not been included. There are reports that verbal orders from the government have been passed to the medical professionals to ensure that such deaths need not be included. We will have no other way, but to seek legal redress to correct this wrong," said Satheesan.


Satheesan released the list of Covid deaths that was secured through the Right To Information from the state-run Information Kerala Mission, which states that starting January 2020 till July 13, 2021 there were 23,486 Covid deaths in the state.


However, in the daily figures released by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as on Monday, the total Covid deaths was only 16,170, which showed that there were 7,316 Covid deaths which the chief minister has not accounted for, said Satheesan.


It was after the Supreme Court intervened and asked the Centre to ensure that compensation be provided to the people who passed due to Covid, there have been exchanges between the government and the Congress-led opposition, with the latter alleging there was a concerted attempt to understate the actual Covid deaths in the state, for fear of facing a backlash.

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