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India Reports World's Highest Daily COVID Deaths After Bihar Revises Numbers

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Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2021, 14:51

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.

Bihar added 3,951 backlog deaths to its toll on Wednesday. This pushed the number to 9,429. However, the death tally was the highest-ever because it included Bihar's previously uncounted 3,951 deaths.

India recorded 6,148 deaths in last 24 hours, highest since the pandemic hit previous year, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday.

The active cases have reduced to 11,67,952 comprising 4 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.77 per cent, it said.

As more people are getting recovered from COVID-19 infection, the ministry informed that India's daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 28th consecutive 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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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,21,98,253 samples have been tested up to June 9 for Covid-19.

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India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

"While on one side testing has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed", the health ministry said.

The weekly positivity rate now stands at 5.66%, whereas, the daily positivity rate is at 4.66%. It has been less than 10 per cent for 17 consecutive days, the ministry said. It recommended avoiding the use of remdesivir and advised health professionals to make rational use of CT scans. As many as 33 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday alone.

It is to be noted, from the total recoveries of 2.75 crore, 1.62 lakh patients have recovered during the last 24 hours up to 8:00 am.