Indias cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 240 mn mark

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

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

A Division Bench of the Patna High Court had in May slammed the Bihar government and expressed concern over inconsistencies in the toll in Buxar district, presented by two top government officials in two separate affidavits.

The Bihar health department, which Wednesday added 3,951 uncounted coronavirus-related deaths to the state's overall tally, said it had to revise the data as the number of deaths caused due to the infection in private hospitals and clinics until June 7 were still not accounted for. This pushed the number to 9,429. Till Tuesday, the health department had stated the number of deaths to be under 5,500.

The government committees reportedly crosschecked Covid death figures with municipal corporation records.

India recorded 6,148 deaths in last 24 hours, highest since the pandemic hit past year, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday.

The cumulative caseload stands at 29,183,121, including 27,655,493 recoveries, 1,167,952 active cases and 359,676 deaths.

Notably, the recoveries have continued to outnumber the daily Covid cases.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,21,98,253 samples have been tested up to June 9 for Covid-19. Of these 20,04,690 samples were tested on Wednesday. "It has remained less than 10 per cent for 17th consecutive days now", the health ministry said. "Weekly positivity rate is now at 5.43% while the daily positivity rate stands at 4.69% today [Thursday]".

The government also released Covid-19 treatment guidelines for children.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 24,27,26,693 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 33,79,261 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

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.

The new fatalities saw a slight increase in the last 24 hours too, with 2,219 more people succumbing to the disease.

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