New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Municipal Coroporation of Delhi (MCD) on Thursday said that there have been a total of 2,098 deaths due to coronavirus in all the three municipal corporations of the national capital for which funerals have been held. 

"From March till 10th June, in all 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi, there have been around 2098 COVID-19 death cases for which funerals have been held," ANI quoted  Jai Prakash, Chairperson of Standing Committee, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, as saying.  

The alarming number of fatalities in the national capital stated by the MCD are way too high than what the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has stated. 

According to the tally of the Health Ministry, Delhi has so far recorded 32,810 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 984 fatalities due to the deadly virus. 19,581 have been identified as active cases and 12,245 as recoveries.

On the contrary, as per BJP-ruled MCD's figures, 1,080 deaths have been reported in SDMC division, 976 in NDMC and 42 in EDMC. 

The stark difference in death tolls put by the MCD and the Delhi government is likely to spark a huge controversy amid media reports having already claimed that the number of cases and deaths in the national capital due to coronavirus are being underquoted by the government.  

Delhi is currently second in the list of states worst-hit from the novel coronavirus. Maharashtra is the worst-hit with over 94,000 confirmed cases and over 3,400 deaths. 

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday warned that the national capital is expected to have around 5.5 lakh cases of COVID-19 by the end of July and as many as 80,000 beds would be required in the hospitals. 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also resounded the warning on Wednesday while saying that LG Anil Baijal’s decision to overrule the Delhi government's order reserving state-run and private hospitals for Delhiites will be “implemented in letter and spirit”.

Despite the alarming spike in number of cases and deaths in Delhi, Centre has maintained that there is community transmission of the virus in the city-state. 

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday that the government can say that there is community spread only when the Centre admits it. "Community spread is when there are cases in which source (of infection) cannot be ascertained. Almost half of our cases are like this," he said. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta