However, the death tally was the highest-ever because it included Bihar’s previously uncounted 3,951 deaths. If we discount Bihar’s revised toll, a total of 2,197 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Bihar on Wednesday drastically revised its Covid death toll upwards as the state’s health department put the total number of fatalities caused by the pandemic at 9,429.
According to Bihar’s health department, as many as 3,951 deaths were added to the toll after verification.
However, most of the 3,951 deaths happened during the second wave of the pandemic this year. The toll in Bihar was 5,424 till June 7 and 20 more Covid patients died in the past 24 hours.
Now, Bihar jumped from 17th to 12th position in Covid deaths among all states and UTs across the country. The additional figures increased the Covid-19 mortality in Bihar by around 42.1%.
As per the latest figures, maximum deaths were reported in Patna, taking the overall district toll to 2,303. Muzaffarpur reported 609 deaths, followed by Nalanda (463), Begusarai (454), Purvi Champaran (425), Darbhanga (342) and Madhubani (317).
Maharashtra added 5,000 deaths through ‘data reconciliation’
However, Bihar is not the only state to revise its Covid death tally. Many other states also revise their death toll through ‘data reconciliation’.
In 12 days, Maharashtra had added 5,000 more deaths to its official Covid toll over and above the daily casualties, in what is being described as a “data reconciliation” exercise.
Between May 17 and May 28, 11,712 deaths were added to the state’s cumulative list of Covid fatalities. Of these, 6,622 were recorded in the daily updates while the remaining 5,090 were included through a data-updating exercise. Most of the additions have come from Pune, Aurangabad, Satara, Solapur, Bhandara, Ahmednagar and Wardha.
The reasons cited by officials for this delayed revision in death statistics range from technical glitches to overworked staff missing deadlines to new formats for updating data.