Orissa high court to hear plea on Covid deaths on July 28

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CUTTACK: The Orissa high court has fixed July 28 for hearing the plea regarding possible under-counting of Covid deaths in Odisha.
The two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice B P Routray fixed the date on Tuesday after the state government submitted the district-wise audited fatalities due to Covid-19 until July 15.
Additional chief secretary, health and family welfare department, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra filed the affidavit. As per the affidavit, 4,925 people had died due to Covid, while 9,49,928 were infected in the state till July 15.
Among the 30 districts, Khurda, Sundargarh, Ganjam and Cuttack figured on top of the list with 849, 427, 400 and 311 deaths, respectively. In Nayagarh 132 deaths were reported, the affidavit said.
After doubts were cast over the actual number of deaths, the government had in October last year constituted district-level committees to review the issue. The committees were expected to audit the quality of care at the facilities and review deaths of Covid positive and suspected patients in government and private hospitals.
The issue of possible under-counting of Covid-19 deaths in Odisha had come under judicial scrutiny with the high court seeking a district-wise death count from the government on June 23.

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