Not blaming Stalin govt for current Covid situation but report numbers correctly: Madras HC

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday urged officials in Tamil Nadu to accurately reports Covid-19 numbers in the state so that adequate measures can be taken to meet the requirement for beds, vaccines, oxygen, medicines etc.

The court observed that being a leading state in the country with a predominantly educated population and good healthcare facilities, Tamil Nadu can be “an ideal place for a case study”. (Photo: PTI)

As Tamil Nadu reported a staggering 33,075 positive Covid-19 cases and 335 deaths, the Madras High Court on Tuesday stated that accurate reporting of Covid deaths has to be undertaken to ensure adequate preparedness in the state. The court stressed that Covid numbers need to be reported accurately to ensure that the supply of drugs and oxygen meets the requirement and also people come to know of the severity of the situation.

The Madras High Court urged officials to release original numbers as allegations of Covid numbers being underreported have surfaced in Tamil Nadu. A bench of MHC’s Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said, “No one can blame this particular government (DMK government) for this (since it took charge only 10 days ago). So, therefore, this government should be particularly keen in ensuring reporting of every Covid death so that the allocation (of vaccines, drugs and oxygen) is adequate and appropriate.”

The court observed that being a leading state in the country with a predominantly educated population and good healthcare facilities, Tamil Nadu can be “an ideal place for a case study”.

The court also said, “We are not saying that the government is inducing underreporting, maybe at the local level people feel if they underreport it would be better. Government should take steps and encourage that the reporting is accurate,” the judges added.

On the first day after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin too had asked his officials not to tamper with the numbers and had demanded that the actual numbers be put out publicly. “We are not bothered about our image. We want the state to overcome this Covid-19 situation,” MK Stalin had said in his first meeting of officials and doctors to assess the Covid situation in the state.

According to the Department of Public Health, the state has registered a positivity rate of 15.9 per cent, the highest to date, for the past week. Also, the average death toll during the last ten days has been 150.

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