Coronavirus: Mumbai’s BMC did not report over 400 deaths, say reports

As many as 451 deaths of patients of the coronavirus in Mumbai have not been reported by the city’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, a data reconciliation exercise by the Maharashtra government has shown, The Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

This happened after the city’s civic body reportedly told the state government that three of the 451 unrecorded deaths occurred due to unnatural causes, while 20 other names were a duplication error, unidentified officials told the newspaper. According to the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the death of every coronavirus patient has to be notified as a Covid-19-related death unless the patient had a terminal illness, or had died because of poisoning, accident or suicide.

The BMC said that over the last week, it had reported another 57 of the 451 deaths in a “staggered manner”. This meant that the reporting of only 371 deaths, and not 451, is pending now, it claimed.

The city has 59,293 cases of the coronavirus while the toll was 2,250 as of Monday.

Unidentified health officials told the newspaper that the discrepancies in numbers came up during an exercise to match Covid-19 figures released by the Indian Council of Medical Research with that of the Maharashtra government’s. The exercise spanned several…

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