'Manipulating COVID-19 Numbers': Tejashwi Yadav Accuses Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been accused of fudging COVID-19 information (File)

Patna:

The Bihar authorities is fudging information on coronavirus instances within the state, opposition chief Tejashwi Yadav alleged Saturday morning, pointing to inconsistency in figures referring to new instances.

Mr Yadav lashed out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “taking part in havoc with the lives of 12.6 crore Biharis” and accused him of valuing his picture over the lives of individuals within the state.

“In Bihar the best single-day surge – 2,226 new instances, with positivity charge of 21.7 per cent (highest in India) – was recorded. To keep away from making it to the headlines, the Chief Minister hid the precise figures and revealed half one other day,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.

“Nitishji is taking part in havoc with the lives of 12.6 crores Biharis. To keep away from unhealthy press, he’s suppressing information. Is your picture extra essential than the lives of our folks, Mr Chief Minister,” he stated, warning lakhs of individuals would die if low testing ranges proceed.

In keeping with the Bihar authorities’s newest figures, 1,742 new COVID-19 instances have been detected as on Friday. The well being division has claimed that is the results of two days of testing.

The division stated 901 instances had been detected on Thursday and 841 have been reported Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Mr Yadav has alleged that solely half the variety of instances truly detected on Thursday have been counted. In keeping with information company PTI, 1,385 coronavirus instances have been recorded, taking the two-day whole to 2,226 and the general state whole to 23,784.

Regardless of the reality of Mr Yadav’s claims, Bihar has reported a surge in COVID-19 instances over the previous few days. On Tuesday the state reported 1,432 new instances – the fourth consecutive day with over 1,000 recent infections.

In view of the alarming scenario within the state, a three-member crew from the centre will attain Patna Sunday. The crew shall be led by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary (Union Well being Ministry).

“The centre shall coordinate with state well being authorities to evaluation the prevailing scenario and supply crucial help and steering,” the Well being Ministry stated in its assertion.

Mr Yadav has pointed to the central crew’s go to as additional proof that the Nitish Kumar authorities is “manipulating COVID-19 numbers”,

“COVID-19 testing in Bihar is the bottom within the nation. The scenario is unhealthy. The state authorities can also be manipulating COVID-19 numbers. The centre is sending a three-member crew to evaluation the scenario,” he was quoted by information company ANI.

Bihar is testing round 2,600 folks per million as in comparison with the nationwide common of round 9,000.

The well being division has stated it examined over 10,000 samples per day for the previous 4 days. Nonetheless, in the identical interval, the positivity charge has gone as much as practically 13 per cent.

The coronavirus scenario in Bihar has additionally led the state authorities to impose a 16-day lockdown that began Thursday.

With enter from ANI, PTI

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