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Devendra Fadnavis expresses concern over low testing, alleges under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said that concerns are being raised over a fewer number of tests being conducted in Maharashtra.

Devendra Fadnavis expresses concern over low testing, alleges under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths
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Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis has alleged that the Uddhav Thackeray government was conducting low tests despite the capacity to conduct a large number of COVID-19 tests. 

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said that concerns are being raised over a fewer number of tests being conducted in Maharashtra. He alleged that the state government was conducting fewer tests to suppress the coronavirus infection figures. 

Fadnavis revealed that Mumbai had tested 2,01,507 samples till June 1 after which the number rose to 3,33,752 by June 30. This means that 1,32,245 tests - 4,408 per day - were conducted in Mumbai in June. 

“Of the 1,32,245 tests conducted in Mumbai, nearly 36,559 people tested COVID-19 positive. This shows that the infection rate in Mumbai is at 28 per cent which means that 28 out of 100 people are infected with the coronavirus. This rate is much higher as compared to the country’s which is at 6.39 per cent,” the letter read. 

On Juen 25, the number of tests was increased to 24,000. Of which, nearly 4,841 people tested positive and the number of tests was reduced the next day to 19,983 to show lesser count, Fadnavis added while saying that playing with COVID-19 figures will ultimately increase the number of cases.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also demanded the declaration of the number of fatalities outside hospitals. Fadnavis also asked the government to re-verify deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Fadnavis also objected to the government’s decision to not test dead bodies for COVID-19 which he says will increase the risk for the family members and medical staff treating the patients in hospitals. 

“The death toll in Maharashtra is around 200 for one day. Of these, nearly 70 to 80 deaths are shown as they occurred in the last 48 years while 120 of them are shown are previously occurred. Several deaths are being reported very late,” he said while adding that this will prevent the government itself from forming effective policy for countering the coronavirus. 

Fadnavis urged the Chief Minister to address these issues and said that he has raised the issue of low testing and under-reporting of deaths frequently and was forced to write on the same again. 

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