Mumbai: Amid the fast-improving coronavirus pandemic situation in the country’s financial capital, the mayor of Mumbai on Thursday rejected assertions that the city could be hiding its real COVID-19 toll.
While briefing the press on the Malad building collapse incident, Mayor Kishori Pednekar also spoke about the COVID-19 situation in the metropolis.
She rejected speculation that Mumbai could be hiding its real COVID-19 death toll. Pednekar said bodies in Mumbai are not being dumped in the river, in an apparent dig at the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh where more than 100 bodies were found dumped in the Ganga river during the peak of the COVID-19 second wave.
“The data of COVID-19 deaths is not being hidden. No data is being hidden in Mumbai. There is no river in Mumbai where bodies of people succumbing to coronavirus are being dumped. All COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai are recorded at three places, so the data can't be hidden,” the Mayor argued.lck-spring-2021
As per official figures, Mumbai has witnessed 15,100 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic last year. Of these, 27 fatalities were recorded yesterday along with 788 new COVID-19 cases.
The Maharashtra capital has recorded a total of 7,13,790 coronavirus cases so far.
As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai's COVID-19 recovery rate is now at 95 per cent.
As per the civic body, the city recorded a growth rate of 0.12 per cent in COVID-19 cases between June 2 and June 8, while the case doubling rate was 553 days.
Mumbai had reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 11,163 COVID-19 cases on April 4, while the most deaths in a day during the second wave were recorded at 90 on May 1.