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India records highest jump in Covid-19 deaths as PM Modi asks states to make lives top priority

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to make full use of the expanded Covid-19 testing capacity and saving lives a top priority as India recorded the highest ever spike of 2,003 coronavirus deaths after Maharashtra and Delhi added earlier fatalities not attributed to the disease.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting via video conferencing. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to make full use of the expanded Covid-19 testing capacity and saving lives a top priority as India recorded the highest ever spike of 2,003 coronavirus deaths after Maharashtra and Delhi added earlier fatalities not attributed to the disease.

Modi also called for fighting the stigma associated with coronavirus and that people should be assured there is no need to panic if somebody has contracted the infection as the number of recovered patients has also been rising. The Covid-19 recovery rate for the country currently stood at around 53 per cent.

The Covid-19 death toll stood at 11,903 while the number of cases jumped by over 10,000 for the sixth day to cross another grim milestone of over 3.5 lakh cases, according to Union Health ministry data. The Covid-19 caseload climbed to 3,54,065 with 10,974 new infections being reported in the last 24 hours.

According to a PTI tally based on reports from the states, the number of cases jumped by 15,082 to total 3,56,044 with 1,92,571 recoveries. The death toll stood at 12,183.

Of the 2,003 new deaths, Maharashtra accounted for the highest 1,409 fatalities taking its Covid-19 death tally to 5,537, while the death toll in Delhi stood at 1,837 after 437 more people died of the disease, according to the data updated at 8 am. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are the three worst affected states.

“The sudden surge in deaths is based on entry of data by the states. Maharashtra and Delhi have reconciled data from previous days,” a Health Ministry official said.

As Covid-19 cases spike, some states came out with new strategies to check the spread of the disease.

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