India records over 92K Covid cases, 2,219 deaths in 24 hrs

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Patna district, where the capital is located, reported the highest number of deaths at 862, according to a statement posted on the government's Twitter account.

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%.

Meanwhile, India reported 94,052 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative caseload stands at 29,183,121, including 27,655,493 recoveries, 1,167,952 active cases and 359,676 deaths. Thursday was the third consecutive day when India recorded less than 1 lakh cases. The total number of recoveries had reached 2,75,04,126 in the country taking the recovery rate at 94.55 per cent.

The Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association too has been demanding compensation for the hundreds of doctors who died due to COVID-19 in the State. Of these 19,85,967 samples were tested on Tuesday.

Bihar's health department on Wednesday said Covid-19 had killed 9,429 people in the state, almost double its previous count.

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"While on one side testing has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed", the health ministry said. "It has remained less than 10 per cent for 17 consecutive days now", it added. "Weekly positivity rate is now at 5.43% while the daily positivity rate stands at 4.69% today [Thursday]".

He also stated that it is a piece of misinformation that subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to cause severe illness in children.

The health ministry said that 24.27 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country since the beginning of the inoculation drive in January.

Data revisions throughout the pandemic are relatively common, with places from the USA to Spain, China and Turkey adjusting their numbers for reasons such as lags in hospital reporting and people dying at home before a Covid-19 diagnosis was made.

A total of 3,59,676 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,01,833 from Maharashtra, 32,291 from Karnataka, 28,170 from Tamil Nadu, 24,704 from Delhi, 21,516 from Uttar Pradesh, 16,555 from West Bengal, 15,293 from Punjab and 13,271 from Chhattisgarh.

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