Don’t fudge Covid death numbers, HC tells Telangana | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: The Telangana high court on Tuesday found fault with the state government for apparently hiding the real number of Covid-19 deaths and directed it to disclose all such details. “Let there be display boards at the crematoriums and burial grounds that depict the true picture,” the judges said.
The bench refused to believe the death figures being furnished by the state and sought to know the number of electric crematoriums in Hyderabad and in the state. It said that it was hearing a disturbing trend of dead bodies piling up in hospitals and burial grounds. Perturbed over distressing accounts emanating from hospitals and burial grounds along with the high positivity rate in Telangana’s districts, the court reviewed the supply situation of essentials like oxygen and drugs. It also directed the state to conduct an oxygen audit.
Addressing advocate general BS Prasad, the bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy said, “If the state’s intention in hiding death figures is to see that people do not panic, then it may no longer work. Tell them the grim reality. Then they will start taking precautions and adhere to the norms and this help flatten the curve.”
The bench also noted the scant regard being shown to the mortal remains of those who succumb to the virus. It directed the state to keep a sufficient stock of body bags in all hospitals and use them while carrying the dead to crematoriums and burial grounds. “Family members are finding it difficult to get vehicles to carry the dead to the burial grounds because the uncovered bodies are an unwelcome phenomenon. Instead, cover them with body bags and accord the dignity the dead should get,” the bench said.
Upset over reports of government drivers at the Gandhi mortuary fleecing devastated families by taking Rs 20,000 for shifting the body from the hospital to their home, the judges directed the state to curb the menace. Also, arrange a sufficient number of hearse vehicles at every hospital, the bench said.

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