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BJP, Congress MLAs accuse Odisha govt of ‘hiding’ Covid-19 death figure

Odisha's Revenue and Disaster Management Minister said 20,000 people died due to Covid-19 so far.

Door-to-door screening for Covid-19 by health officials in Odisha. (Express Photo/File)

Opposition BJP and Congress MLAs on Thursday accused the BJD government in Odisha of ‘hiding’ the actual COVID death figure. The opposition members made the allegation after a written reply by Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Pramila Mallick to a question of BJP MLA Naba Charan Majhi in the assembly.

The minister, in her statement, mentioned that 20,000 people have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and so far in 2022.

BJP’s chief whip Mohan Majhi said the state government’s health department dashboard showed that a total of 9,204 people in Odisha have lost their lives due to the pandemic till December 1 this year, while 53 people died due to reasons other than COVID.

“This two data show how the government is hiding facts. There were gross irregularities in the COVID-19 management for which so many people died,” Majhi said, adding that the actual death toll could be more than the figure stated by the minister.

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Congress member SS Saluja said there is no doubt now that the government has been “hiding” the COVID-19 death figure.

The minister, however, claimed that the government does not hide facts.

“If the opposition parties have any evidence, they must place it before the people,” she said.

First published on: 02-12-2022 at 07:44 IST
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