India on Thursday recorded a record 6,148 daily deaths from coronavirus, following a revision of the death toll in the northern state of Bihar, while infections saw a slight rise although they remained below 100,000 for the third day in a row.
The total number of deaths from COVID-19 now stands at 359,676, according to the Ministry of Health, making India the third country with the highest absolute number of deaths from the pandemic, behind only the United States and Brazil.
More than 6,100 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours in the country represent a dramatic increase over the figures of the previous days, around 2,100.
However, 64% of the deaths reported on Thursday are located in the northern state of Bihar, which on Wednesday revealed the results of its review of coronavirus data by order of the High Court of Patna, the regional capital.
The state’s assistant secretary for health, Pratyaya Amrit, said these deaths come mostly from private hospitals or people in isolation in their own homes and “had not been counted until now,” in statements reported by the local Hindustan Times newspaper.
Numerous experts have warned that the number of deaths reported by authorities does not correspond to reality, and that the actual data could be several times higher than the official ones, a situation highlighted during the peak of the virulent second wave when crematoria were saturated.
In relation to the number of cases, India recorded 94,052 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 29.1 million.
This figure represents a slight increase of about 2,000 cases from the previous day, although it is far from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in May, in the context of the second wave of the virus in India that caused a health collapse with a lack of intensive care beds and medical oxygen.
India, which with more than 1,350 million inhabitants sees its inoculation program as the main solution to the coronavirus crisis, administered 3.3 million doses in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 242 million since last January.
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