New Delhi, June 10 (EFE).- India added a record of more than 6,100 daily Covid-19 deaths on Thursday after the eastern state of Bihar revised its figures to include previous fatalities from the disease.
Infections across the country rose marginally but continued to remain below 100,000 for the third consecutive day.
The total number of Covid-19 deaths now stands at 359,676, the health ministry data showed.
India has the third-highest number of coronavirus fatalities after the United States and Brazil.
The over 6,100 deaths registered in the country in the last 24 hours represent a spectacular increase compared to the figures of the previous days, which were around 2,100.
About 64 percent of the deaths reported on Thursday are from Bihar, which revealed the result of its audit of deaths ordered by the top court in the state.
Health official Pratyaya Amrit attributed the increase in deaths reported at private hospitals, under home isolation, and of post-Covid complications that “had remained unaccounted earlier.”
Various experts have warned that India’s Covid-19 figures were grossly unreported as deaths and infections reported by the authorities could be several times higher.
Experts speculated over the discrepancies during the peak of the devastating second wave in the country when health centers and crematoria were overwhelmed.
India registered 94,052 infections over the past day, taking the total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began to 29.1 million.
The figure represents a marginal rise of some 2,000 cases over the previous day’s increase in numbers.
It is, however, far from the over 400,000 cases recorded in the country in May during the peak of the second wave that nearly collapsed the healthcare system with shortages of beds and medical oxygen.
India, which has more than 1.35 billion inhabitants, sees the vaccination campaign as the best solution to the health crisis triggered by the virus outbreak.
The country administered 3.3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the last 24 hours, raising the total number since January to 242 million. EFE