TMC MP Dola Sen denies West Bengal having the highest COVID mortality rate, calls Centre “jealous”
According to data from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the COVID-19 death count for West Bengal stands at 171 and total cases at 1786. So the mortality rate or Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at around 10 per cent for the state.
Denying data that West Bengal has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate or Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) among all the states of India, Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen insisted that West Bengal’s mortality rate is around 4 per cent.
In an exclusive interview to Asiaville, the MP insisted to take into account only what the state declares as “COVID-19 deaths”, and not what they term as “deaths due to comorbidity”. Earlier, the state had faced allegations of hiding data by segregating between “COVID-19 deaths” and “deaths due to comorbidity” - a practice no other states are following as of now.
As of the latest COVID-19 bulletin by the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare department, a total of 1786 cases have been confirmed, out of which 99 deaths are attributed to COVID-19 and 72 to comorbidity. But according to central data, the COVID-19 death count for West Bengal stands at 171 (99+72). So according to data by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal’s COVID mortality rate stands at around 10 per cent.
Even if we just take into account what West Bengal government calls "COVID-19 deaths", the CFR stands at more 5.5 per cent.
To put this in context, Maharashtra, which has the highest number of COVID positive cases so far, has a mortality rate of 3.97 percent. Slightly more than the national average of 3.42 percent. The state’s high mortality rate has also been flagged by the Ministry of Home Affairs recently, in a letter to the state government.
Tussle between State and Centre regarding trains for migrant workers
On the topic of the brewing battle between the Centre and the state regarding homecoming of migrant workers, Sen accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of lying.
In a letter to the state government, the Home Minister had accused the Bengal government of not allowing "shramik (worker)" trains run by the Railways to reach the state and declared this to be an "injustice" for Bengali migrants stranded across the country.
Sen called it an “outright lie” by stating that the “Centre is jealous of how well West Bengal has dealt with the situation.” She accused the centre of having malicious intent by “only sending two trains to West Bengal so far.”
The MP also emphasised that West Bengal is ready to accept all its migrant workers and to provide them with shelter, food and livelihood. “We are ready to embrace them completely, with testing, sustenance, quarantine and medical care if necessary.”
Watch the full interview here: