Patna: The number of COVID-19 deaths in Bihar was revised by the health department on Wednesday, taking the fatality count in the state, which had till the previous day been under 5,500, drastically upwards to 9,429. According to the state health department, as many as 3,951 deaths have been added to the total after verification. However, the department did not specify when these additional deaths took place. But they provided a break-up for all 38 districts in the state. The new figures indicate that around 8,000 lives were lost in the second wave, and since April, there is a nearly six times increase in the death count.
Patna district saw the highest number of fatalities during the pandemic, accounting for a total of 2,303 deaths, followed by Muzaffarpur in a distant second with 609 deaths. In the additional deaths reported after verification also Patna accounted for the highest number of 1,070, followed by Begusarai (316), Muzaffarpur (314), East Champaran (391), and Nalanda (222).
A total of 7,15,179 people have so far been infected in Bihar, of whom more than five lakh caught the virus in the last couple of months. Along with the death count, the health department has also revised the number of recoveries from 7,01,234 on the previous day to 6,98,397.
With the revision, the recovery rate, which was 98.70 per cent the previous day, has come down to 97.65 per cent. This revision of the COVID-19 statistics could be fresh ammunition for the opposition, which has been alleging the government of fudging figures to hide its failure in handling the pandemic.
However, the state seems to be doing well after more than a month of lockdown and restrictions as only 20 deaths and 589 new cases were reported on Wednesday, according to the health department. The active cases in the state now stand at 7,353.
On the vaccination front, more than 1.21 lakh people got their jabs during the day taking the total number in the state, so far, to 1,14,03,526. Of this, 95,24,795 beneficiaries received their first dose, and 18,78,731 got the second dose.
(With inputs from PTI)