This Article is From Jun 24, 2020

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Slams UP Government Over "High" COVID-19 Death Rate In Agra

"Of the 79 patients who lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Agra, about "35 per cent -- 28 people -- died within 48 hours of hospitalisation", Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Slams UP Government Over 'High' COVID-19 Death Rate In Agra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the number of deathsfrom the coronavirus pandemic in Agra was "frightening"

New Delhi:

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the "high" COVID-19 mortality rate in Agra, saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should clarify within 48 hours who was responsible for "pushing people into these adverse circumstances".

Tagging a media report, Ms Vadra said the novel coronavirus death rate in Agra was 6.8 per cent, which was higher than Delhi and Mumbai.

"Of the 79 patients who lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Agra, about "35 per cent -- 28 people -- died within 48 hours of hospitalisation", the Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh said.

"Who is responsible for spreading the lie of ''Agra model'' and pushing people into these adverse circumstances?" she asked.

"The chief minister should clarify this to the public within 48 hours and fix accountability for the manipulation of the situation and number of COVID-19 patients being carried out," Ms Vadra said.

Later, in another tweet, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Agra was "frightening".

She demanded that the chief minister should present an investigation report in the next 48 hours.

The Congress leader had also attacked the BJP government on Monday over the issue, saying if the Adityanath dispensation continued with its "negligence", it would be dangerous.

Terming it "misleading and false", the Agra administration had on Monday asked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to withdraw within 24 hours the claim of high coronavirus deaths in the district

"The reality is that in the past 109 days, Agra has reported 1,139 cases, of which 79 have succumbed to the virus. The report of 28 deaths in 48 hours is completely false," District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh had said.