New Delhi: The number of COVID-19 deaths in India on Thursday drastically rose by record 6,148 over the last 24 hours after the Nitish Kumar government added as many as 3,951 backlog fatalities to Bihar’s toll, pushing the country’s total fatalities to 3,59,676 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020.
According to the department, which had till the previous day stated the number of deaths to be under 5,500, as many as 3,951 deaths have been added to the number of deaths after verification.
However, it was not specified as to when these additional deaths took place though a breakup was provided for all 38 districts.
Going by the fresh figures, the number of lives lost in the second wave is close to 8,000 and a nearly six times increase in the deaths since April.
Patna district bore the brunt of the outbreak, accounting for a total of 2,303 deaths. Muzaffarpur was a distant second with 609 fatalities. Patna also accounted for the highest number of 1,070 “additional deaths reported after verification”, followed by Begusarai (316), Muzaffarpur (314), East Champaran (391), and Chief Minister Nitish Kumars native Nalanda (222).
Altogether 7,15,179 people have been infected in the state so far of whom more than five lakhs caught the contagion in the last couple of months.
The health department has also revised the number of recovered persons from 7,01,234 on the previous day to 6,98,397.
The recovery rate, which was 98.70 per cent on the previous day, has also come down to 97.65 per cent following the revision in statistics which could provide fresh ammunition to the opposition, which has been alleging that the government was fudging figures to hide its failure in handling the pandemic.
Nonetheless, the state seemed to be doing well after more than a month of lockdown as, according to the health department, only 20 deaths and 589 fresh cases were reported on the day.
At present, there are 7,353 active coronavirus cases in the state.
The situation could improve further with the recent wave on the wane and vaccination drive picking up. More than 1.21 lakh people got their jabs during the day taking the total number, so far, to 1.14 crore.
For the third consecutive day, India recorded less than 1 lakh cases. With 94,052 new infections, the country now has total 2,91,83,121 cases.
Globally, the coronavirus disease has infected over 17.40 crore people and killed more than 37.49 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.