India records highest single-day COVID-19 fatalities

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

The state department had set up two health committees to audit the Covid death toll after facing flak over reports of discrepancy between government and municipal corporations' data.

Amid a shortage in supply, the central government has said that it is in discussion with American pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna over their Covid-19 vaccines. Thursday was the third consecutive day when India recorded less than 1 lakh cases.

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..."

Meanwhile, India reported 94,052 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country's active caseload today stands at 11,67,952. Addressing the media, he said the assessment of unreported Covid-19 deaths was carried out in all the districts by constituting a team at medical college and hospitals so that families of Covid-19 victims would not be deprived of financial assistance.

The Bihar government had announced ₹4 lakh compensation to the next kin of the deceased of COVID-19 victims.

More than 20 lakh Covid-19 tests were done in India on Wednesday.

"While on one side testing has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed", the health ministry said.

The weekly positivity rate now stands at 5.66%, whereas, the daily positivity rate is at 4.66%. "It has remained less than 10 per cent for 17 consecutive days now", it added.

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. It recommended avoiding the use of remdesivir and advised health professionals to make rational use of CT scans.

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.

According to the official data, out of the people infected since the beginning of the pandemic 2,76,55,493 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 1,51,367 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours.

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