New Delhi: After a state has substantially upgraded its data, India recorded a global record of more than 6,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours on Thursday, raising suspicions that the country’s death toll is much higher than reported.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, there have been 6,148 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of deaths is close to 360,000, the third highest in the world.
According to statistics from Agence France-Presse, the previous world record was 5,527 people who occurred in the United States on February 12, although this was also due to an upward revision of the number of early deaths.
Officials said that on Wednesday, Eastern Bihar increased the death toll by about 4,000 to nearly 9,500 after reviewing death records.
After being accused of concealing the number of infections and deaths by the local government, the Bihar High Court in Patna requested an audit of these figures.
After the recent coronavirus surge caused crematoriums in many places to be overwhelmed, and hundreds of bodies were dumped in rivers or buried in shallow graves, other state governments have made similar allegations.
Even in normal times, the record-keeping rate is very low. Many experts believe that India’s death toll is several times higher than the official figure, which means that it may exceed one million-which will make it the highest in the world.
The fact that death rates in many countries (such as Brazil and the United States) are several times higher than that in India has heightened suspicion.