Official statistics from Karachi’s top administrative body revealed that a total of 3,265 dead bodies were brought to 30 graveyards in the port city of Pakistan between February 20 and April 9 reports, the Express Tribune. The official death toll in Pakistan so far stands at 137.
These reports were published in a few segments of the media regarding the spike in deaths in Karachi’s different hospitals. Although there is no official confirmation that these deaths were because of the virus, there is a sense of panic in the public who fear a spike in COVID-19 related deaths.
In district Central, 181 dead bodies were brought in the C-1 Area cemetery, four in Haji Morid Goth cemetery, 76 in Yasinabad graveyard, 273 in Sakhi Hassan graveyard, 30 in Al-Noor cemetery, 681 in Mohammed Shah cemetery, 59 in Ghasdar Baba graveyard and 430 in Siddiqabad cemetery were brought in for burial during the 49-day period, according to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) data, published by the Express Tribune.
128 bodies were brought in the Manogoth cemetery and 14 in PECHS cemetery in the east district. The report also states that 93 dead bodies were brought in Saudabad cemetery, 160 in Model Colony graveyard, five in Colony Gate cemetery, 15 in Hyder Shah cemetery, two in Masoom Shah graveyard, 49 in Molamadad Rabi Goth graveyard and 62 in Ismail Goth cemetery in district Malir.
Azimpura graveyard saw 193 dead bodies 15 in Korangi cemetery and 193 in Chakra Goth cemetery in Korangi district. 10,791 patients were brought to the emergency during the first three months of 2020. 121 of those were dead on arrival while the fatality rate was 1.12% says the data obtained by government hospitals in Karachi.
None of these deaths were confirmed to be COVID-19 related nor was the real cause revealed. No tests were conducted in any hospitals to assert the fact that these deaths were coronavirus related which is rather sly and leads to doubt on the claims that the deaths were due to the virus.