Odisha: Covid-19 deaths not reconciled, data doesn’t reflect true picture

Started by devikad, May 06, 2021, 10:01 PM

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Odisha: Covid-19 deaths not reconciled, data doesn't reflect true picture

A year after battling the Covid pandemic successfully during its first wave, Odisha appears to have faltered during the second wave with number of actual Covid deaths acceding the numbers in official data even as the virus spreads deep into rural areas with high test positivity rates.

Data shows it took just 29 days in April this year to register 1 lakh new Covid cases compared to the 169 days taken in the first wave last year. As cases gallop, the state government on Wednesday extended the lockdown to entire state for a period of 14 days after similar restrictions failed to curb the spread in western Odisha and the state's urban areas.

On Thursday, the state reported 10,521 new cases, taking the total number of active cases to 81,585 amid a positivity rate of 21.77%. While the total number of active cases has doubled since last year's peak figure of 39,184, anecdotal evidence suggests under reporting of Covid-related deaths. Though officially the death toll stood at 133 in April, inquiries with various Covid hospitals and district authorities suggested many more people had died due to the infection.

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/odisha-covid-19-deaths-not-reconciled-data-doesn-t-reflect-true-picture-101620282469949.html

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