The increase is due to the recount of the victims of the pandemic in the state of Bihar — there were 3,951 more deaths during the second wave. The audit was carried out after the Patna High Court demanded a review of the data amid media claims that the local government is hiding the exact number of deaths. As a result, Bihar rose from 17th to 12th in terms of mortality.
At the same time, the increase in the incidence in India for the third day in a row remains below 100 thousand cases (over the past day — just over 94 thousand) and has not exceeded 200 thousand for two weeks. According to doctors, this indicates a decline in the second wave.
In total, according to the Ministry of Health, during the coronavirus pandemic, 29.1 million residents of the country were infected, almost 360 thousand died.
The second wave of the pandemic began in India in February, and from April 21 to May 17, the number of new cases daily exceeded 300 thousand and five times-400 thousand. At the peak of the second wave, more than 3.7 million people were being treated at the same time.
At the same time, the number of vaccinated people in India is also growing — 242 million people (about 17.4 percent of the population) have already been vaccinated with the first component, and 46.5 million have received both doses.