Nearly 400 suspected COVID-19 deaths went unaccounted in July, claims Pune Mayor

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Pune: At least 400 suspected COVID-19 deaths have gone unaccounted throughout July in Pune, alleged Mayor Murlidhar Mohol. The Mayor had additionally raised the problem throughout his assembly with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday (August 1), when he visited Pune to take inventory of the coronavirus scenario.

Expressing unhappiness over the continuing coronavirus scenario within the metropolis, Murlidhar stated that each month there are at the very least 400 to 500 deaths of suspected coronavirus sufferers which can be going unaccounted for in Sassoon General Hospital and personal hospitals within the metropolis, as per PTI.

He alleged, “There are at least 12 deaths of suspected coronavirus patients that are going unaccounted for in Sassoon hospital daily. Similar cases are taking place in private hospitals also.” 

“These deaths stay unaccounted for as a result of the sufferers are both introduced lifeless to the hospitals or they die instantly after being introduced there.

“As per the guidelines, no test is conducted on a deceased. But when the doctors take the X-ray of these people, they show symptoms of COVID-19,” Mohol claimed.

Speaking on his interplay with CM Uddhav, he stated that whereas elevating the problem with the CM, he sought steps to cease such deaths.

“Early tracing of patients should be done so that they can be given timely treatment and such deaths can be stopped,” he added.

Following the allegations, Collector Naval Kishore Ram stated an inquiry will likely be carried out into it and a report has been sought from Sassoon hospital.

“The staff of the district administration keeps visiting Sassoon hospital and goes through the records. It is unlikely that there is any misreporting or under-reporting in Pune,” he stated.

“There might be some issues related to data entry. But the figure mentioned by the honourable mayor looks impossible. But we will conduct a fair inquiry as I have sought a report from Sassoon,” the collector added. 

(With PTI enter)