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Backlog takes India’s COVID-19 death toll for past day to over 6,000

Backlog takes India’s COVID-19 death toll for past day to over 6,000

dpa
New Delhi
India reported its highest single-day casualty figure of 6,148 on Thursday due to COVID-19 with the sudden spike brought on by a revision of figures by the eastern state of Bihar.
Usually, every morning, there is a report stating the number of people who have died of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours. Thursday’s numbers, however, included 3,951 deaths from Bihar after the state government completed a 20-day exercise to audit all possible COVID-19 deaths.
Previously, the Patna High Court had flagged irregularities in the tallies provided by different government agencies, amid suggestions that that the true figures were being concealed.
The verification exercise looked at the numbers of COVID-19 victims registered at crematoriums and burial grounds. They also included people who had died after recovering from related complications or while on their way to hospital, India Today news channel reported. Bihar’s death toll jumped from 5,424 on June 7 to 9,375 on June 8.
The Bihar government did not specify when the additional deaths occurred and how may people had died before Wednesday, but the majority came during the second wave between February and early June.
Infections in India have jumped from 10 million at the beginning of the February second wave to more than 29 million to date. Overall, infection rates are second only to the United States.
The second wave is now seen to be waning. On Thursday, less than 100,000 new daily infections reported for the third consecutive day, according to federal Health Ministry data.

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