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Mumbai Mayor takes a jibe at UP, Bihar, says Mumbai has no river to dump Covid bodies

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday retaliated over BJP’s allegations of under-reporting Covid deaths, said Mumbai does not have any rivers to dump the dead bodies.

The Mayor’s statement is being seen as a jibe at BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where hundreds of corpses were recently found floating in Ganga river or buried in the sand of its banks.

Clarifying his statement, the mayor said all Covid deaths in Mumbai are recorded at three places, so the data can’t be hidden. She said that the state respect families and duly give death certificates to them.

Mayor’s jibe at BJP ruled states comes on a day India’s Covid tally recorded a massive jump in Covid deaths because Bihar revised its Covid-19 fatalities.

The revision accounted for around 4,000 additional deaths which were added to the total toll on Thursday. After the revision, the total number of Covid deaths in the state was 9,429 till Tuesday. Before the revision, the number was 5,458. It is not known when did these deaths took place.

Under-reporting of Covid cases have been a huge issue especially in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where bodies buried in the sandbanks of Ganga and floating down the river caused massive shock and outrage last month.

The horror in Uttar Pradesh first came to light on May 10 when hundreds of corpses washed up on the river bank in Bihar’s Chausa village, near the state border. On May 17, the Centre had asked Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to prevent the dumping of bodies in the Ganga and any other river and called media reports undesirable and alarming.

Maharashtra government has been on BJPs radar over its huge Covid numbers in both the Covid first and second wave.

Maharashtra, the worst-affected state by the pandemic, is witnessing a steady improvement in the Covid situation with daily cases and daily tolls nose-diving. Mumbai’s toll has dropped below 30 in the past few days. Praising the states Covid handling during a hearing on the oxygen shortage last month,  the Supreme Court had said that the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has done a remarkable job.

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The country’s official data for the second wave of Covid-19 has been questioned by many since the visuals from crematoriums and graveyards were carried by publications across the world and made a headline in international media.

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