Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha government is claiming success in COVID19 management, opposition parties on Saturday alleged that the government is suppressing facts regarding deaths due to COVID19 infections.
BJP's Odisha unit general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan, while citing the recent death of a Surat returnee, said, “Though the returnee was suffering from liver ailments, he was detected COVID-19 positive. However, the bulletin issued by State Health and Family Welfare department yesterday did not record his death as one due to COVID19. We are unable to ascertain why the government is trying to conceal data.”
Echoing similar views, Congress MLA Santosh Saluja said, “Till now 3.5 lakh migrants have returned to Odisha from other States. Only those having some symptoms in temporary medical camps and quarantine centres are being tested for COVID19. I believe if all persons are tested, the COVID19 count in Odisha will be in lakhs,” said Saluja.
Saluja further stated that the State government is now adopting the same formula which it used to conceal starvation deaths.
Responding to the allegations of the opposition, senior ruling-BJD leader Subhash Singh said, “The state government has been transparent in providing information regarding COVID-19 statistics including cases, recoveries and other aspects.”
Edited By: Bikram Keshari Jena
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