India earlier registered highest fatalities due to COVID-19 on May 21 with 4,529 deaths.
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India on Thursday reported a record daily rise of 6,148 deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours after a big eastern state revised its figures to account for people who succumbed to the disease at home or in private hospitals, and 94,052 new daily coronavirus cases.
The country's total COVID-19 caseload now stands at 29.2 million, while total fatalities are at 359,676, according to data from the health ministry.
The New York Times estimated deaths based on death counts over time and infection fatality rates and put India's toll at 600,000 to 1.6 million.
The government dismissed those estimates as exaggerated. But the main opposition Congress party said that other states must follow Bihar's example and conduct a review of deaths over the past two months.
People try to console a woman mourning the demise of her relative who died from the coronavirus. AFP
The health department of Bihar, one of India's poorest states, revised its total COVID-19 related death toll on Wednesday to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.
The United States had recorded 5,444 COVID-19 deaths on Feb. 12.
India's total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.2 million after rising by 94,052 in the past 24 hours, while total fatalities are at 359,676, according to data from the health ministry.
This is even as daily infections have been steadily showing a downward trend — with 94,052 fresh COVID infections reported in a day — less than one lakh for the third straight day, according to Agencies.
India earlier registered highest fatalities due to COVID-19 on May 21 with 4,529 deaths, which crossed both the US and Brazil's record deaths in 24 hours. It surpassed US' 4,468 deaths reported on January 12, 2021; and 4,211 in Brazil on April 6, 2021.
A man runs to escape heat emitting from the multiple funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims at a crematorium in New Delhi. AP
Since May 14, India has recorded over 100,000 deaths.
On June 8, India recorded 86,498 cases, lowest since April 2 when the country logged 89,129 new cases.
India's overall tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 29,183,121 with 1,167,952 active cases and 359,676 deaths so far.
After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh COVID cases came down below the 300,000 mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 414,188 on May 7.
An aerial view of the crematorium in New Delhi. AFP
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 151,367 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 27,655,493 till date.
The Health Ministry said that a total of 242,726,693 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 3,379,261 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
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.
The Union Health Ministry said, a total of 45,254 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,99,33,538 till date. This is the 32nd consecutive day when India reported less than 100,000 new coronavirus cases.
According to the health ministry, 401,993 new infections were registered taking the total caseload to 19.1 million. There were 3,523 deaths, bringing the toll to 211,853.
Another 4,454 deaths in 24 hours — the second-highest daily figure so far — took India's toll to 303,720. It has added the last 50,000 deaths in under two weeks, according to government figures.
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