Bhubaneswar: COVID fatality graph acquired steeper in Odisha on Saturday with 47 sufferers succumbing to the illness within the final 24 hours. It’s for the second time that the state noticed so many deaths, the best in a single day for the reason that pandemic unfold its tentacles within the state.
Whereas the second wave noticed extra folks getting contaminated by the virus with instances peaking to 12853 on Could 23, the general case fatality charge (CFR) remained at 0.16 per cent, the bottom among the many 21 bigger states, in opposition to 0.56 per cent throughout the first wave, resulting in allegations of quantity fudging of deaths by the state authorities.
The variety of pyres burning throughout the state in opposition to the reported deaths and extra locations being designated for crematoriums, as reported by totally different media, additionally gave credence to it.
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Due to this fact, it was not shocking when Orissa Excessive Court docket, regardless of having reservations about “the way during which HC lawyer Nishikant Mishra has ready a petition primarily based on sketchy information gleaned primarily from press reviews”, on Friday determined to take up the alleged undercounting of COVID deaths talked about in it by tagging it with one other petition on the difficulty.
The courtroom has requested the state authorities for a report on the whole variety of COVID deaths in Odisha. The federal government has to submit the district-wise toll to courtroom by July 5.
The second petition pertained to discrepancies between the variety of COVID deaths in Nayagarh district as reported by the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) and the state authorities’s official portal.
In line with the petition, the CDMO reported that 97 folks in Nayagarh district had succumbed to COVID-19 throughout the second wave whereas the federal government portal had put this toll at solely 14.
Noting this discrepancy, the bench ordered Legal professional Normal (AG) Ashok Kumar Parija to have the matter examined and report back to the courtroom.
“The AG will inform the courtroom on July 5, 2021, whether or not the difficulty of undercounting of COVID-19 deaths has been enquired into by the extra chief secretary, well being… The district-wise breakdown of the deaths should be positioned earlier than the courtroom on the following date of listening to,” the bench stated