BENGALURU, Karnataka — Bharatiya Janata Party-(BJP) ruled Karnataka is grappling with a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
As per the data accessed by India Ahead from seven crematoriums in Bengaluru, the data on the cremations of people who died of Covid-19, published by the state government in its daily health bulletin, is less than the data of the cremations kept by Bengaluru’s municipal corporation.
India Ahead accessed data from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru’s municipal corporation, which showed that the actual number of Covid-19 deaths in Bengaluru is more than the official figures, in some cases almost double those being reported in the health bulletin.
Crematoriums maintain a register to keep a record of the number of bodies being cremated on a daily basis. The officials blamed the difference in numbers on the backlog of the previous day. However, the data suggests otherwise.
|Date||Official figures (Death)||Figures accessed by IA (Crematoriums)*|
*Panathur, Banashankari, Peenya, Sumanahalli, Kengeri, Kudlu, Medi Agrahara crematoriums.
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that there is no discrepancy in the numbers. Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai said, “The backlog could be a reason behind the difference in numbers otherwise we have always gone ahead and shown the real numbers as they are. ”
The daily health bulletin is prepared by the National Health Mission under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The difference in figures suggests a lack of communication between the municipal corporation and the Health Ministry.
Underreporting is not limited to Karnataka. In Madhya Pradesh, figures from the managers of the two cremation grounds and one burial ground suggest that 1,390 bodies were cremated in Bhopal from 1 to 20 April. However, the official death toll in Bhopal, published by the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, for these 20 days was 60.