With 260 deaths reported in last 24 hours, the fatalities from coronavirus pandemic in India crossed 6,000-mark. Maharashtra, the worst hit by coronavirus pandemic, confirmed 122 deaths on Wednesday — highest fatalities in a single day. The death toll in the state surged past 2,500.
The number of causalities from coronavirus infection also increased sharply in the national capital. At least 50 people succumbed to death in last 24 hours, taking the death toll in Delhi to 606. The fatalities due to COVID-19 almost doubled in the national capital in a week.
The death count in India nearly doubled in the last seventeen days. At 6.2%, Gujarat confirmed the worst fatality rate in India. Out of the confirmed 18,100 coronavirus cases, 1,122 died from the infection. West Bengal came next with 5.3% mortality rate while Madhya Pradesh recorded 4.3% fatality rate. The mortality rate from COVID-19 infection in India stood at 2.8%. Among all states that had recorded deaths, the case fatality rates were the lowest in Assam (0.2%), Chhattisgarh (0.3%), and Odisha (0.3%).
At least 73% of coronavirus deaths are linked with co-morbidity issues, the health ministry said earlier. "We reassure you that there is no under-reporting of deaths. It is also important for us to understand that whether a death is due to COVID-19 or not, because we need to tackle that body with a different protocol," said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry.
India has been very good in reduction of motality rate compared to other nation, said Nivedita Gupta, scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research. "Our preventive measures to curtail COVID-19 have been very effective," added Gupta.
According to the ICMR, over 42.43 lakh samples have been tested so far, including 1.39 lakh in the past 24 hours.
The country also saw the biggest spike in daily coronavirus tally today. The states confirmed over 9,000 cases in a day for the first time since the outbreak. India's COVID-19 count zoomed to over 2.16 lakh. Maharashtra continued to record the highest number of COVID-19 cases while Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha and Telangana added over 100 cases each in last 24 hours.