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Devendra Fadnavis questions Uddhav Thackeray over non-reporting of 1,000 COVID deaths in Maharashtra

The fast-paced spread of the Coronavirus pandemic has brought along with it several challenges and major setbacks for the Indian Economy.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state by COVID-19, holding close to one-third of all coronavirus cases reported in the country so far.

As of June 26, 2020, Maharashtra records highest single-day spike of 4,841 virus cases, taking the count to 1.47 lakh. The state has also reported 192 deaths, surging the fatalities toll to 6,931.

Maharashtra’s Financial Hub- Mumbai has so far recorded 70,878 cases of COVID-19 and 4,062 deaths.

With virus case tally soaring high and death toll rising in numbers every other day, the Maharashtra Government is now in turmoil left disarrayed.

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing head-on fresh challenges the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra is facing the heat over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Senior BJP Leader Devendra Fadnavis has levied accusations on Maharashtra’s Thackeray-led administration alleging the absence of reporting 1,000 out-of-hospital COVID-19 deaths in Maharashtra.

In a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis blatantly charged his management of not reporting COVID deaths that occurred out of the hospitals.

Calling the suppression of COVID deaths a wrong strategy adopted by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Government, Devendra Fadnavis has urged to conduct a probe over the alleged non-reporting of such deaths.

On June 15, Fadnavis had written a similar letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray bringing to light the COVID-19 deaths  which were not reported in Mumbai.

However, in his latest letter, Devendra Fadnavis alleged saying, “As per my information, the death of 1,000 people caused due to COVID-19 in the last three months has not been reported so far. Any death happening due to COVID-19 should be reported within 72 hours. But it is not happening.”

Citing the urgent need of the hour in proactive measures, the BJP Leader stated that the numbers play an indispensable and crucial role to draft and analyse weekly situation of COVID-19 and its wide-spread in the state.

– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News

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