'Allegations are absolutely wrong': Kerala govt rejects reports on submission of COVID-19 data to Centre

She also expressed displeasure over the media getting hold of the copy of a letter sent by the union joint secretary before it reached the principal secretary of the state health department.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated:Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 08:21 AM IST
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Kerala Health Minister Veena George |

The Kerala government on Tuesday rejected allegations that the state did not submit daily COVID-19 figures to the Centre. Kerala Health Minister Veena George termed an ongoing campaign at the national level in this connection as "condemnable".

Claiming that the state had submitted the COVID figures to the central government on a daily basis in the prescribed format without any fail, Health Minister Veena George said the digital evidences could not be covered up.

She also expressed displeasure over the media getting hold of the copy of a letter sent by the union joint secretary before it reached the principal secretary of the state health department.

"Allegations that Kerala govt is not giving COVID-19 data to the Centre are absolutely wrong. We have been sending data since 2020 and continue to do so. It's just that we've stopped publishing daily bulletin in the state; have been sending mails," Veena George was qouted as saying by news agency ANI.

Explaining that the state had stopped publishing daily Coronavirus figures on April 10 due to the decline in the number of those affected by the virus, George said it was the decision of the state government.

However, the COVID data is strictly being collected, submitted to the Centre and reviewed accurately, she said adding that the figures would be published again if the cases show an upward trend.

"The argument that Kerala did not submit the COVID figures to the Centre is wrong," George said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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