Coronavirus death toll in Bihar jumps by 72% after recount

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Following a recent direction by the Patna High Court, the Bihar government recounted its coronavirus death toll, which has jumped by a whopping 72.84%.

On Monday, the official toll figure in Bihar was 5,424 but on Tuesday, the government said the figure had gone up to 9,375 after it recounted deaths in all 38 districts.

However, it was not specified as to when these additional deaths took place though a breakup was provided for all 38 districts.

A Division Bench of the Patna High Court had in May slammed the Nitish Kumar government and expressed concern over inconsistencies in the toll in Buxar district, presented by two top government officials in two separate affidavits. The court had asked the government to verify all facts before placing them on record.

“All facts must be verified from all sources and then only be placed before us, else it will amount to filing of false or incomplete affidavit”, Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar told the government.

India reported on Thursday the highest single-day death toll from COVID-19 in the world, at 6,148, after Bihar revised its figures to account for people who succumbed to the virus at home or in private hospitals.