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Bihar Health Minister Explains Sudden Jump in Covid 19 Deaths

After facing criticism against the revision of numbers in the Covid 19 deaths in Bihar, the State’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey released a clarification. He said that there was a delay in reporting deaths at the village and district level.

Reasons for Deaths in Bihar in the Past 15 Days is Under Investigation; Pandey 

As per the latest reports, Mangal Pandey said that they learned from various media sources about the actual number of deaths due to Covid 19 in Bihar. Following which, they directed the district magistrate and the civil surgeon of every district to report the actual numbers. He further said that the reasons for deaths in the last 15 days are also being investigated.

Pandey said that as soon as they received final figures, they released them on the public domain.

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The health department of Bihar has reported 9,429 deaths due to the coronavirus. The data which was put out on Wednesday evening reveals 3,951 more deaths compared to a day before. The total deaths till Tuesday due to Covid in Bihar was 5,458.

Pandey Requests Opposition to Avoid Politics In This 

Manoj Jha, Rajya Sabha MP from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) alleged that the Bihar government hid the numbers of the Covid 19 deaths in Bihar. He said that the Nitish-BJP government hid the number to save their image and the image of the collapsing health infrastructure in Bihar.

He then claimed that Nitish Kumar (reportedly) played with the lives of the common people during the second wave of the pandemic and was “now doing politics over dead bodies”.

Pandey, responding to the comments made by the opposition, said that they had heard every section of criticisms. But the opposition should avoid politics in this matter.

The health department has given the breakup of deaths in all 38 districts of Bihar but it has not mentioned dates and time or when these deaths occurred. Patna has registered 2,303 deaths which is the highest in the state followed by Muzaffarpur (609) and Begusarai (316).