India reported on Thursday the highest single-day death toll from coronavirus in the world after the state revises numbers. Munia Iffat reports.
- India records the highest daily death toll from COVID-19 in the world, at 6,148, after a big eastern state revised its figures to account for people who succumbed to the disease at home or in private hospitals.
- The health department of Bihar, which is one of India’s poorest states revised its total COVID-19 related death toll on Wednesday to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.
- On Wednesday, 28 elephants have been tested for COVID-19 at a forest reserve in southern India, officials informed after the reported death of a rare Asiatic lion from the virus.
- “After lions in Vandalur Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, we were asked to test the camp elephants as a precautionary measure,” a forest ranger at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the south of Tamil Nadu told the media on Wednesday.
- Some 21 tigers in a zoo in the eastern state of Jharkhand also underwent virus tests last week after a 10-year-old tiger with a fever died, local media reported.
- Though the tiger had returned a negative rapid antigen test officials said they were also awaiting results from an RT-PCR test.
Before India, The United States had recorded 5,444 COVID-19 deaths on Feb 12. India’s total coronavirus case now at 29.2 million after rising by 94,052 in the past 24 hours, while total fatalities are at 359,676, according to data from the health ministry.