Bodies of 50 deceased Covid-19 patients were cremated in ESI Hospital crematorium, Hyderabad due to ‘lack of transportation and issues with manpower’. A video of the lit up pyres has created outrage among residents.
On Tuesday, Congress MLA Seethakka tweeted a video that showed mass cremation and claimed that “more than 30 bodies were cremated at ESI graveyard” and the KCR-led Telangana government was hiding Covid-19 deaths in the state.
“Shocking. On 21st July, the reported #Corona deaths are said to be 7 by Govt whereas more than 30 bodies were cremated at ESI graveyard only. The govt from the beginning itself providing us wrong statistics to hide their incapability in controlling the virus #KCRFailedTelangana,” Seethakka posted on Twitter.
The Telangana Health Department has, however, clarified that the bodies were of Covid-19 patients who died over a period of more than three days and not on single day. Meanwhile, more than 15 million cases of coronavirus have now been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), and almost 620,000 deaths. While all countries have been affected, almost 2/3 of all cases globally, are from 10 countries, and almost half are from just three countries.