India posts record new Covid deaths after data revision

India posts record new Covid deaths after data revision

The state department had set up two health committees to audit the Covid death toll after facing flak over reports of discrepancy between government and municipal corporations' data.

Following a recent direction by the Patna High Court, the Bihar government recounted its COVID-19 toll, which has jumped by a whopping 72.84%.

India on Thursday recorded a global record of more than 6,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours after one state dramatically revised upwards its data, stoking suspicions that the country's toll is much higher than reported.

Bihar, as of June 9, has 7,353 active COVID-19 cases, with a total of 7,15,179 positive cases.

Notably, the recoveries have continued to outnumber the daily Covid cases.

"This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 94.77 per cent, which is showing a sustained increasing trend", the release stated.

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"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research", the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation. In addition, the weekly positivity rate now stands at 5.66 per cent and the daily positivity rate is at 4.66 per cent, less than 10 per cent for 16 consecutive days, as per the data. "It has remained less than 10% for 17 consecutive days now".

More than 20 lakh Covid-19 tests were done in India on Wednesday. It recommended avoiding the use of remdesivir and advised health professionals to make rational use of CT scans.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 24,27,26,693 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 33,79,261 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

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 to date.

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