Uttar Pradesh, Coronavirus: Covid Deaths In Lucknow Underreported? Cremations vs Government Data
A mismatch between the official figure of deaths because of COVID-19 and the death count at crematoriums has been reported in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow, triggering allegations that the UP government has been underreporting the coronavirus situation in the state.
The cumulative official Covid death count released by the government in the last seven days is 124. However, per the records maintained by the city's crematoriums, over 400 people who died because of the virus had been cremated during the same period. This means the deaths of 276 people were missing from the official records.
On April 13, the government's official death count was 18, but 86 bodies were cremated on the day. On April 12, 86 were cremated; the official figure was 21. A day before that, 57 bodies were cremated; the official death count was 31. Similarly, on April 10, 59 bodies were cremated against the official death figure of 23.