Kerala launches new online Covid-19 death information system to ensure transparency
The government of Kerala has launched the Covid-19 Death Portal in order to maintain an appropriate record of the number of deaths from the coronavirus.
The state government has launched the portal called the ‘Death Information Portal’ which would include details such as the names, ages and gender of people who have succumbed to Covid-19.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said government institutions and the public will have access to the portal.
“The public has the possibility, via this portal, to search for the details of the death of their relatives. All of the deaths that the government has officially reported as COVID deaths can be found on this portal. The information can be obtained by entering details such as name, district and date of death into the portal, ”added George.
The launch of the death portal came at a time when the state became bogged down in controversies such as inconsistencies in reporting, data gaps and unusual disparities in the death rate between districts, which have led to allegations of data manipulation by Kerala.
Kerala’s health minister also said that government agencies will be able to verify the authenticity of the death declaration document issued by district medical offices (DMOs).
“Currently, details of deaths from COVID up to July 22, 2021 are available. Deaths announced after July 22, 2021 will be updated soon,” she added.
The Kerala health department yesterday reported that Kerala had reported 22,040 new cases of COVID-19, 20,046 recoveries and 117 deaths in the past 24 hours.
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