Edhi, Sindh govt debate over different corona-virus death toll data
A disagreement has arisen against the coronavirus death toll data collected by the Sindh government and Edhi Foundation. The difference in the data provided by the two is 46 deaths.
The Sindh government’s data found 105 deaths from Covid’19, in the last four days. However, The Edhi Foundation recorded 141 deaths in Sindh, which is considerably higher.
Here is a list of the data from the last four days:
On August 1, the government notified that 36 people died in Sindh, but Edhi stated they had taken 37 bodies and all of them were just from Karachi.
On August 2, the government recorded 12 deaths, whereas Edhi reported getting 33 bodies.
On August 3, the government again reported 28 deaths but Edhi received 33 bodies.
On August 4, approximately 29 deaths were reported in official government data, but Edhi collected 33 bodies.
There is a variation of 46 deaths among the data provided by the Sindh government and the Edhi Foundation.
Murtaza Wahab, the Sindh government’s spokesperson has questioned Edhi’s data and claims that the bodies can also be of people who did not die due to the coronavirus. While, Faisal Edhi, owner of the Edhi Foundation, has denied any mistake in this data.
Faisal Edhi stated that it’s likely that the foundation could not shift some of the bodies but impossible for data gathered of all the patients transported by Edhi.
On Monday, the government relaxed coronavirus restraints in Sindh, but the fourth wave is still on a drastic rise. Currently, markets are permitted to stay open from 8 am to 8 pm, and outdoor dining is allowed till 10 pm.
Following the decline from 24.2% to 21.4% of the Covid-19 positivity ratio in Karachi, the Sindh government decided to guarantee a stern implementation of SOPs in Karachi, Hyderabad, and 11 other cities in the province.