Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar claimed on Thursday that the city is not underreporting Covid-19 deaths and that it will never do so. With her clarification, she launched a veiled attack on the BJP-ruled states of Uttar Pradesh and Bi, where bodies were discovered floating in rivers and washing up on riverbanks. “We don’t have rivers to dump the bodies,” the mayor said.
The explanation came on the same day that India’s Covid-19 total increased due to a revision by Bohar of its Covid-19 deaths. Around 4,000 more deaths were added to the final toll on Thursday as a result of the revision. The overall number of Covid-19 deaths in the state was 9,429 as of Tuesday, after the revision. The number was 5,458 before the adjustment. It is unknown when these deaths occurred.
Maharashtra, the pandemic’s worst-affected state, is seeing a steady improvement in the Covid-19 situation, with daily cases and tolls dropping dramatically. In the last several days, the toll in Mumbai has dipped below 30. Devendra Fadnavis, a BJP leader, had previously accused the civic body and the Maharashtra government of falsifying mortality data.
Bodies were reported floating on the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in May. Their bodies were discarded in the river when it was thought that they died of Covid. On May 17, the Centre issued an order to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar prohibiting the dumping of remains in the Ganga or any other river, describing media reports as “undesirable and disturbing.”