India posts record new Covid deaths after data revision

Volunteers carry the body of a Covid-19 victim for cremation in West Midnapur Wednesday

Following a recent direction by the Patna High Court, the Bihar government recounted its COVID-19 toll, which has jumped by a whopping 72.84%. This pushed the number to 9,429.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Pratyaya Amrit told reporters on Wednesday: "We had set up two committees, who reassed Covid death toll, taking into account unaccounted deaths in private hospitals and other places..."

The State Health Department also revised the number of recovered persons in the State to 7,01,234 from 6,98,397 reported on June 7.

India on Wednesday logged 92,596 new Covid infections in 24 hours, less than one lakh cases for the second straight day and 6,098 cases more than Tuesday.

The country's count of active cases stood at 11,67,952.

"This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 94.77 per cent, which is showing a sustained increasing trend", the release stated.

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According to Union Health Ministry, the weekly positivity rate now stands at 5.66 per cent, the daily positivity rate has dropped to 4.66 per cent, less than 10 per cent for 16th consecutive days.

Bihar's health department on Wednesday said Covid-19 had killed 9,429 people in the state, almost double its previous count. "It has remained less than 10 per cent for 17th consecutive days now", the health ministry said.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative will jointly jointly conduct a multi-centre randomised trials on safety and efficacy of several therapies, including antiviral therapies, for controlling mild cases of Covid-19, said a statement. It recommended avoiding the use of remdesivir and advised health professionals to make rational use of CT scans.

This is the third consecutive day when less than 1 lakh cases were reported in the country.

In the monthly report published by the Department of Economic Affairs, the ministry said rapid vaccination was key to reviving investment and consumption cycles in the coming fiscal quarters.

The death toll due to the deadly virus also climbed up further to reach over 3.53 lakh after over 2,200 people succumbed to the deadly pathogen during the last 24 hours.