Talking to Republica on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the MoHP, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, said the data is being updated based on the data collected both by the ministry and COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC).
“Nepal Army has the accurate number as every death related to COVID-19 is added to their data. When a COVID-19 patient dies in a hospital or at home, the hospital management or the local unit informs the CCMC, and then a team of Nepal Army is mobilized to manage the dead body. The Nepal Army verifies COVID-19 positive reports and death certificates to manage the dead bodies,” a source at the CCMC had told Republica in November last year.
The government had also formed a three-member committee comprising officials from Nepal Army, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), and the health ministry to investigate the discrepancy in the number of deaths.