India records highest single-day COVID-19 fatalities

Volunteers carry the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in West Midnapur Wednesday

A Division Bench of the Patna High Court had in May slammed the Bihar government and expressed concern over inconsistencies in the toll in Buxar district, presented by two top government officials in two separate affidavits.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

Data revisions throughout the pandemic are relatively common, with places from the United States to Spain, China and Turkey adjusting their numbers for reasons such as lags in hospital reporting and people dying at home before a Covid-19 diagnosis was made. However, the death tally was the highest-ever because it included Bihar's previously uncounted 3,951 deaths.

Meanwhile, India reported 94,052 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The country's count of active cases stood at 11,67,952.

This is even as daily infections have been steadily showing a downward trend - with 94,052 fresh Covid infections reported in a day - less than one lakh for the third straight day.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,76,55,493, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.23 per cent, the data stated.

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The country's total number of tests since the Covid-19 outbreak rose to 37.21 crore. Of these 19,85,967 samples were tested on Tuesday. It has been less than 10 per cent for 17 consecutive days, the ministry said.

Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 5.43 per cent. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 28th consecutive day. Bihar on Wednesday drastically revised its Covid death toll upwards as the state's health department put the total number of fatalities caused by the pandemic at 9,429.

The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday proposed carrying out round-the-clock Covid-19 vaccination to achieve herd immunity against the infection so that the country can regain its economic growth momentum.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 1,62,664 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,75,04,126 till date.

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