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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani denied on Sunday that Covid deaths were being underestimated and “assured people that each death is being investigated and recorded by the death audit committee.”
In response to a question during a TOI interview, he said: “You mean the images of many pyres in crematoriums. Yes, deaths have increased in recent days. The increase in mortality from Covid has been registered throughout the country. The method of recording Covid deaths has been stipulated by ICMR and all states, including Gujarat, are following it. Other states also do not record comorbid patient deaths as Covid deaths. In all states in India, the daily death rate is around 1%, which is closer to what Gujarat reports. ”
When asked about ambulances that line up outside hospitals every day, Rupani said: “We are at a peak in cities like Ahmedabad, where even with the total capacity of 14,000 beds, private hospitals are almost full. Thus, we are constantly increasing the beds in government hospitals and in those administered by the municipal corporation. Of the 8,000 beds at Medicity, more than 3,000 are intended for Covid patients. Yes, there are lines of ambulances. But you have to understand that against 25 patients in the queue, there are 3,000 treated inside the hospital. We will not send anyone back. Patients are assured beds and treatment. ”
Regarding family members who allege long waits to claim bodies, he said: “Look, after the death of a patient, it takes about two hours for the death audit committee to complete its work. Then there are other procedures, including identifying the deceased. We understand the feelings of family members. Therefore, we have a system in which officials release the body after coordination with crematoria to reduce waiting time. Now we are also allowing the last rites of patients from outside the cities in their places of origin. Our purpose is to free medical personnel from this coordinating role. In addition, we have deployed more than 22 IAS officers in Covid functions. ”
The prime minister said tests had increased from around 50,000 a day around March 15 to more than 1.7 lakh on April 17. “We have increased the proportion of RT-PCR tests in the total tests to 50%, whether they are performed in urban areas. or rural areas. The labs work around the clock and we make sure that test results are delivered within 48 hours. ”
On the government’s efforts to deal with the increase in cases, he said: “The state has added 37,000 beds for Covid treatment, bringing the total number to 78,000. Of the total, 35,000 are now oxygen beds and 10,000 ICU beds. We will add 8,000 beds with oxygen supply in the next 10 days on the warpath. ”

Times of India