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Eighty-eight people died of COVID-19 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on April 14, 2021.

There is no conclusive evidence to confirm whether 88 people died of COVID-19 in Bhopal on April 14.

There is no conclusive evidence to confirm whether 88 people died of COVID-19 in Bhopal on April 14.India faces the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which counted 68,546 new infections on April 27 with 2,771 deaths. But there is a rumor that the death numbers are widely suspected to be an undercount in the country. Some news reports have revealed that several states report fewer deaths than that taking place.

Madhya Pradesh is among the 12 states and Union territories where the second wave of the outbreak has surpassed the peak.

According to media outlets, Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat (crematorium) secretary Mamtesh Sharma said 88 bodies were burned on April 14 at Bhopal with COVID-19 protocols. Of them, 72 had died of coronavirus, 45 were from Bhopal, while 27 were from other districts.

Also, the Zada Graveyard Committee president, Jahangirabad, Rehan Golden, said the burial of 17 people took place in their cemetery. Of them, 10 were the ones who died of coronavirus.

However, the Madhya Pradesh health department reported only four COVID-19 deaths in Bhopal on April 14. Meanwhile, the State health minister Prabhuram Chaudhary denied allegations of underreporting deaths. He said, "We came to know about the burial of bodies in large numbers, and we are looking into the matter. But there is no under-reporting of cases and deaths," according to Hindustan Times.

Therefore, we conclude this claim to be unverifiable due to a lack of credible evidence or data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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