Jharkhand reported the highest single-day-spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday as 1365 people were found infected, taking the Covid tally in the state close to 35,000, figures released by the health department stated.
East Singhbhum, a district that has accounted for nearly 50 per cent of Jharkhand’s Covid fatalities, reported six of 10 deaths in the state on Thursday. As many as 165 Covid patients have died in the district during treatment so far. The Covid toll in the state jumped to 377 in 24 hours, taking the Covid mortality rate to 1.08 per cent, highlighted a bulletin released by the National Health Mission (NHM) at 10.45pm on Thursday.
Thursday’s findings also took the number of active cases in the state above 11,000 as only 633 people recovered from the virus, while 1365 were found infected. The tally in Jharkhand, as reported on Thursday night, was 34,676 and 23,119 patients had recovered.
As many as 328 people were found infected in Ranchi on Thursday, taking the tally in the district close to 7000. Only 61 patients recovered from the infection here in 24 hours and the count of active cases in the district leaped to 3,142, government data revealed. With 6,851 cases reported in the district so far, it is the worst-affected among 24 districts in Jharkhand.
The government has so far collected swab samples of 6.79 lakh people and tested 6.73 lakh of them. On Thursday, health workers tested swab samples of 25,123 people and 23,758 tested negative for Covid-19. While cases have witnessed an unprecedented increase in Jharkhand in the month of August, the recovery rate too has improved. The state’s Covid recovery rate, as per government figures, was 66.67 per cent on Thursday against the national average of 75.27 per cent.
Ranchi, East Singhbhum and Dhanbad are among the worst-affected districts in the state. These three districts account for nearly half of Covid cases in Jharkhand. However, these three districts have also recorded the best recovery rate among Jharkhand districts so far.