India adds 6,148 deaths to COVID toll after audit of Bihar data reveals nearly 4,000 unreported fatalities
A 500-bed COVID Hospital, with an ICU, set up by the DRDO, which was inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, at Khonmoh in Srinagar, on June 9, 2021.Nisar Malik/IANS

India adds 6,148 deaths to COVID toll after audit of Bihar data reveals nearly 4,000 unreported fatalities

New cases of infection remain below 100,000 for third consecutive day

New Delhi, June 10, 2021

India today added a whopping 6,148 deaths to its COVID-19 toll after an audit and reconciliation of data in Bihar threw up close to 4,000 previously unreported fatalities due to the coronavirus disease.

The country also reported 94,052 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours, the third day that the number has remained below 100,000, as the spread of the pandemic continued to slow down in most parts though the number of deaths remained at high levels in some states.

As many as 3,971 deaths were added to the Bihar tally today, taking the toll in the state so far to 9,429.

The country had recorded 2,219 deaths and 92,956 fresh cases of infection yesterday.

At 6,148, the number of deaths reported today is the highest added in a single day. Not counting the reconciled numbers from Bihar, the number of deaths in the other states in the last 24 hours was 2,177.

The number of deaths in a single day had remained below the 3,000-mark for the four previous days. The number had fallen below 3,000 on June 1 for the first time after April 28.

The country had registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days in May. The previous high in terms of the number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in India in a single day was 4,529 on May 19. That was also the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in any country in the world.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll so far has climbed to 359,676. The total number of cases of infection till now, since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in India in late January 2020, rose to 29,183,121 today.

Apart from the 3,971 deaths added in Bihar, Maharashtra reported 661 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by 405 in Tamil Nadu, 192 in Karnataka, 156 in Kerala, 95 in West Bengal, 91 in Uttar Pradesh, 74 in Punjab, 67 in Andhra Pradesh, 55 in Assam, 52 in Uttarakhand, 43 in Odisha, 40 in Haryana, 36 in Delhi, 36 in Madhya Pradesh, and 30 in Rajasthan. The other states have registered less than 30 deaths each.

The highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period -- 414,188 -- was reported on May 7.

This is the 32nd consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below the 400,000-mark and the 24th successive day that it has remained below 300,000. This is the 14th consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below 200,000 and the third straight day that it has stayed below 100,000.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 27,655,493 today, up 151,367 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 94.76% from 94.55% yesterday.

This is the 28th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases fell by 63,463 to 1,167,952 today. The number of active cases had touched 3,745,237 on May 10, the highest since the pandemic began in India.

The active caseload had been continuously rising after February 12 this year, when it had touched its lowest mark of 135,926 in recent months. However, since May 11, there has been a steady downtrend.

Most states are extending the lockdowns imposed to contain the pandemic for some more time in view of the high daily numbers but with more relaxations in the restrictions.

The Health Ministry said that 3,379,261 doses of vaccination were administered in the country yesterday, taking the total number so far to 242,726,693.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 372,198,253 samples have been tested up to June 9 for Covid-19. Of these 2,004,690 samples were tested on Wednesday.


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