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‘Mumbai Has No River To Dump Covid Bodies’ Mumbai Mayor Takes A Dig At UP, Bihar

Mumbai: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday took a dig at reports of COVID-19 deaths in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and over the Covid deaths and on the reports of corpses floating in the river in these states.

Clarifying that Mumbai is not downplaying the number of COVID-19 fatalities, Pednekar said the city does not have rivers to dump bodies.

“Data of COVID deaths are not being hidden. No data is being hidden in Mumbai. There is no river in Mumbai where bodies of people succumbing to Corona are being dumped. All COVID deaths in Mumbai are recorded at 3 places, so the data can’t be hidden,” she said.

The clarification comes on a day India’s Covid-19 tally shot up because Bihar revised its Covid-19 fatalities. The revision accounted for around 4,000 additional deaths which were added to the total toll on Thursday.

After the revision, the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the state was 9,429 till Tuesday. Before the revision, the number was 5,458. It is not known when did these deaths took place.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by the pandemic, is witnessing a steady improvement in the Covid-19 situation with daily cases and daily toll numbers. Mumbai’s toll has gone below 30 in the last few days. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had earlier accused the civic body and the Maharashtra government of falsifying the death rate figures.

In May, reports of bodies floating in the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar surfaced. It was suspected that they died of Covid and their bodies were dumped in the river.

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