Only 18 of the deaths were because of COVID-19, Bengal’s audit committee has said

Kolkata:

For the first time, Bengal has officially linked 57 deaths to coronavirus. The state government today revealed that according to its death audit committee, 57 COVID-19 patients had died, but asserted that 39 of these were due to co-morbidities.

Only 18 of the deaths were because of COVID-19, Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha told the media. “Balance 39 deaths were due to comorbidities and COVID-19 was incidental,” Mr Sinha said.

The revelation comes on a day the central inter-ministerial team asked for details on the death audit committee and raised questions over Bengal’s coronavirus figures.

The central team wanted to know if the committee, set up to certify deaths due to COVID-19, was recommended by the central government’s Indian Council of Medical Research.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary earlier today, the central team’s head Apurva Chandra asked for records of all COVID-19 cases in which the death was attributed to some other cause by the committee.

Mr Chandra had also questioned the time taken by the committee to take such decisions and “whether such a committee to ascertain cause of death exists for any other disease” in Bengal.

He also referred to the Bengal Principal Secretary, Health, in his presentation yesterday, saying “if a COVID patient dies in a road accident, he cannot be said to have died of COVID”.

“The IMCT did not find the reasoning convincing as there is no comparison between a road death and a death in a hospital due to a disease,” Mr Chandra wrote to the Chief Secretary.

He said the team wanted to interact with the committee to understand its methodology.

Questions have been raised about the audit committee by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and opposition parties in Bengal as well. Several groups of doctors have also wondered the rationale behind setting it up.

Today’s disclosure may come as fresh embarrassment for the state government on a day the Governor dedicated a long letter accusing Mamata Banerjee of “monumental failure” and mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis.

The controversy over the audit committee started after an April 2 press meet in which an expert committee announced that the total number of deaths on that day stood at seven, four in the previous 24 hours.

Within an hour, the Chief Secretary called another press meet in which he said the expert committee figure was “an error” and the actual figure was still at three. An audit committee to confirm the cause of death was then set up.

The expert committee has never addressed another press conference since, nor has the audit committee.

World

27,29,224Cases
17,88,931Active
7,48,678Recovered
1,91,615Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 27,29,224 and 1,91,615 have died; 17,88,931 are active cases and 7,48,678 have recovered as on April 24, 2020 at 5:36 pm.

India

23,452 1752Cases
17,915 1226Active
4,814 489Recovered
723 37Deaths
In India, there are 23,452 confirmed cases including 723 deaths. The number of active cases is 17,915 and 4,814 have recovered as on April 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases
Mumbai3029
Mumbai Sub Ur67
Yavatmal32
Aurangabad30
Ahmednagar27
Sholapur21
Buldhana21
Palaghar17
Ratnagiri7
Osmanabad3
Sindhudurg (kudal)2
Chandrapur2
Nandurbar1
Details Awaited*1766

6430 778

5307 713

840 51

283 14

DistrictCases
Ahmedabad1298
Vadodara188
Bhavnagar32
Gandhi Nagar17
Panchmahal11
Banaskantha10
Chhota Udepur7
Porbandar3
Mahisagar3
Gir Somnath3
Sabarkantha2
Details Awaited*558

2624 217

2254 129

258 79

112 9

DistrictCases
Tj From Quaritine1080
Others Non Tracable213
Central Delhi184
South East130
West Delhi122
South Delhi70
North Delhi60
Shahadara48
South West Delhi42
East Delhi38
New Delhi37
North West Delhi32
North East Delhi25
Details Awaited*295

2376 128

1518 42

808 84

50 2

DistrictCases
Jodhpur228
Bharatpur102
Banswara60
Iran Evacuees60
Jhunjhunu37
Jaisalmer32
Bhilwara28
Jhalawar20
Dungarpur5
Sawai Madhopur5
Hanumangarh3
Pratapgarh2
Details Awaited*488

1964 74

1707 74

230

27

DistrictCases
Khandwa (east Nimar)32
Hoshangabad25
Jabalpur25
Sheopur-kalan4
Alirajpur3
Chindwara2
Tikamgarh1
Details Awaited*313

1852 157

1566 100

203 55

83 2

DistrictCases
Chennai303
Coimbatore133
Tiruppur109
Dindigul76
Tirunelveli62
Chengalpattu53
Tiruchirapalli50
Namakkal50
Thiruvallur48
Thanjavur46
Nagapattinam44
Villupuram36
Thoothukudi27
Thiruvarur27
Cuddalore26
Virudhunagar19
Tirupattur17
Nagerkoil (kanyakumari)16
Sivagangai12
Tiruvannamalai12
Ramanathapuram11
Udagamandalam9
Kancheepuram9
Perambalur5
Kalllakurichi3
Pudukottai1
Details Awaited*163

1683 54

911

752 90

20 2

DistrictCases
Lucknow167
Gautam Budha Nagar98
Saharanpur72
Firozabad58
Moradabad58
Ghaziabad41
Bulandshahar18
Varanasi14
Maharajganj6
Pratapgarh6
Muzaffar Nagar5
Lakhimpur Kheri4
Kanshi Ram Nagar (kasganj)3
Kaushambi2
Rae-bareilly2
Sultanpur1
Bara-banki1
Sant Kabir Nagar1
Shahjahanpur1
Sant Ravi Das Nagar (bhadoi)1
Allahabad1
Details Awaited*428

1604 95

1374 73

206 19

24 3

DistrictCases
Hyderabad472
Suryapet75
Nizamabad56
Vikarabad36
Hyderabad Rural (ranga Reddy)35
Gadwal (jogulamba)32
Warangal25
Adilabad19
Karimnagar19
Nalgonda15
Mahaboobnagar12
Kamareddy11
Sangareddy8
Asifabad (komarambhim)5
Kothagudem (badadri)4
Siricilla (rajanna)3
Bhupalpally (jayashanker)3
Nagarkurnool2
Peddapally2
Mahabubabad1
Details Awaited*65

984 24

705

253 56

26 2

DistrictCases
Kurnool158
Prakasam44
West Godavari35
Anantapur29
Chittoor28
East Godavari24
Visakhapatnam20
Details Awaited*309

955 60

781 54

145 4

29 2

DistrictCases
Kolkata184
North 24 Parganas46
Purba Mednipur21
South 24 Parganas9
Kalimpomg7
Paschim Burdwan7
Jalpaiguri5
Darjeeling4
Paschim Mednipur4
Diamond Harbour-hd3
Murshidabad2
Basirhat-hd1
Purba Burdwan1
Nandigram-hd1
Details Awaited*122

514 58

396 34

103 24

15

DistrictCases
Belagavi42
Vijayapura32
Kalburgi27
Bengaluru (u)23
Bagalkote21
Chikkaballapur16
Dakshin Kannada14
Bengaluru (r)12
Uttara Kannada11
Davanagere2
Chitradurga1
Details Awaited*55

463 20

295 10

150 9

18 1

DistrictCases
Kasaragode170
Cannanore(kannur)92
Ernakulam24
Kozhicode (calicut)20
Malappuram20
Pathanamthitta17
Thiruvananthapuram14
Thrissur13
Alappuzha5
Details Awaited*40

448 10

121 10

324

3

DistrictCases
Bandipora81
Srinagar79
Baramulla43
Udhampur20
Ganderbal14
Details Awaited*77

427 20

330 20

92

5

DistrictCases
Sasnagar61
Jalandhar48
Pathankot24
Nawanshahr (sbs Nagar)19
Ludhiana16
Amritsar11
Hoshiarpur7
Kapurthala2
Fatehgarh Sahib (sarhind)2
Gurdaspur1
Firozepur1
Details Awaited*32

277

196

65

16

DistrictCases
Faridabad42
Panchkula18
Yamunanagar3
Kurukshetra2
Fatehabad1
Charkhi Dadri1
Details Awaited*32

272 10

113

156 16

3

DistrictCases
Begusarai9
Gopalganj3
Bhagalpur1
Lakhisarai1
Details Awaited*63

176 28

128 28

46

2

DistrictCases
Khurda (bhuvaneshwar)46
Kalahandi2
Kendrapara2
Sundargarh2
Dhenkanal1
Details Awaited*22

90 7

56 6

33 1

1

DistrictCases
Hazaribagh3
Details Awaited*10

55 6

44 6

8

3

DistrictCases
Dehradun24
Udhamsingh Nagar4
Pauri Garhwal1
Details Awaited*1

47 1

23

24 1

0

DistrictCases
Details Awaited*1

40

21

18

1

DistrictCases
Rajnandgaon1

36

8

28

0

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro2
Hailakandi1
Karimganj1
Lakhimpur1
S Mancachar1
Details Awaited*1

36 1

16 1

19

1

DistrictCases
Chandigarh26
Details Awaited*1

27

13

14

0

DistrictCases
South Andaman16
Details Awaited*6

22 4

11 4

11

0

DistrictCases
Leh (ladakh)14
Details Awaited*4

18

4

14

0

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills11
Details Awaited*1

12

11

0

1

DistrictCases
Puducherry6
Details Awaited*1

7

4

3

0

DistrictCases
North Goa6
South Goa1

7

0

7

0

DistrictCases
Imphal West1

2

0

2

0

DistrictCases
North Tripura1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases
Aizwal West1

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

1

0

1

0

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