The significant change in Bihar’s Covid fatalities total to over 9,000 has sparked debate, with the 72 percent increase creating even more doubts. India reported 6,148 more deaths today as a result of Bihar’s update, the greatest single-day increase in the country’s history.
The Nitish Kumar government announced on Wednesday that 9,429 people died in the pandemic across the state, up from 5,500 the day before.
Following charges that the Bihar government was concealing the scale of infections and deaths in the state, the Patna High Court ordered an examination of mortality in the April-May second wave of Covid. Last month’s shocking images of dead floating in the river and washing up on the shores in Buxar backed up the opposition’s claim.
According to new numbers released during the three-week audit, whereas 1,600 individuals died of Covid in Bihar between March 2020 and March 2021, the number of deaths from April to June 7 this year was a whopping 7,775, nearly six times higher.
After verification from all districts, the state’s Health Department claimed that around 72 percent more had been added. It provided a breakdown from 38 districts but did not say when the additional deaths occurred.
According to the revised data, 2,303 people died in the state capital of Patna. Additionally, the city had the most “additional deaths recorded following verification.”
However, records from three government-run cremation centers in Patna indicate 3,243 “Covid cremations,” prompting further opposition criticism.
The difference could be explained by the fact that if a person from another district died in Patna and was cremated here, the death would be counted in the victim’s native district rather than Patna, according to Pratyay Amrit, Principal Secretary, State Health Department.
222 people have died in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home district of Nalanda.
In addition, the state’s recovery rate has dropped from 98.70 percent to 97.65 percent.
The Bihar opposition has accused the state administration of falsifying numbers to disguise its failure to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Tejashwi Yadav, the opposition leader, said that the actual death toll was twenty times higher. The results could be altered again, according to the state administration.
“If people come forward with authentic documents proving their family members died as a result of Covid, we are willing to revise the data. Our true goal is to assist rather than to conceal anything. We aren’t ruling out the possibility that some names are still missing “Mangal Pandey, the Health Minister of Bihar, said