isIndia has recorded the world’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll after a local state revised the figures to account for people who have died from the disease at home or in private hospitals.
Nitish Kumar’s government announced that the Bihar health department in eastern India on Wednesday revised its total number of virus-related deaths to more than 9,400, from around 5,400.
It is the highest in the world, overtaking the United States which had recorded 5,444 deaths on February 12.
The total number of cases of the virus in India now stands at 29.2 million after increasing by 94,052 in the past 24 hours.
The total number of deaths stands at 359,676, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Despite the high number of cases, India has started to lift restrictions in some areas.
Delhi, the capital and Mumbai have started to reopen, but others, including Kerala Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Rajasthan, have extended their closures until the middle or end of this week, according to Reuters.
The hotel sectors are also reopening their doors, but in phases to avoid a peak in infections.
The Delhi metro resumed operations at half capacity on Monday as stores in the city take turns opening – opening every other day to limit overcrowding.
India has so far administered more than 230 million doses of a Covid vaccine, but less than 4% of its 1.4 billion people have been fully vaccinated.