New Delhi: While the Delhi government has claimed that only 68 people have died so far in the city from COVID-19, 225 cremations have been performed under the protocol designed for the handling of dead bodies of coronavirus patients at Nigambodh Ghat and Punjabi Bagh crematoriums and 89 burials had been carried out in adherence with the protocol at the ITO graveyard for Muslims. So the actual death count from cases of the novel coronavirus stood at 314 by Saturday.
Previously, reports on data from hospitals indicated that there were twice as many deaths from COVID-19 in Delhi than those reported by the Delhi government.
The chief secretary had admitted that the discrepancy could be due to the failure on the part of hospitals in promptly sending the data to the Death Audit Committee.
According to a report in the Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar , the alleged discrepancy was discovered when the figures available with the authorities at the burial and cremation grounds were tallied against those being provided by the Delhi government.
The report stated that over 300 cremations and burials had taken place in the national capital in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Delhi government for treating the bodies of COVID-19 patients. It said that as per the protocol, 314 bodies had been handled at these sites until the day whereas the official death count for the city by then was just 68. The health ministry has since revised Delhi's death toll 86.