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Jharkhand records 12 Covid deaths, highest in a day during this wave

East Singbhum registers five fatalties, Ranchi two; officials concerned

Our Correspondent   |   Ranchi   |   Published 20.01.22, 12:11 PM

Jharkhand recorded its highest single-day fatalities during the ongoing third wave of coronavirus infections with 12 deaths in the last 24 hours even as recoveries continued to outnumber fresh cases over the last few days.

East Singbhum reported five deaths, Ranchi two, while Ramgarh, Palamau, Khunti, West Singhbhum and Latehar reported one death each.

Since the outbreak of the third wave in the state from last week of December, 2021, the state had till now reported a maximum of eight deaths in a day on January 12.

As per the covid bulletin issued on Wednesday night, as many as 3,769 people recovered from the virus infection in comparison to 2,617 fresh cases. The total number of Covid deaths in the state now stands at 5,225. Active cases are at 27,422.

In terms of fatalities,  82 deaths have occurred in Jharkhand since December 30, 2021 with East Singbhum emerging as the most vulnerable district with close to 40 deaths during this period. On December 30, 2021, East Singbhum had 1,048 fatalities, which rose to 1,085 till last night. During this period, Ranchi recorded 10 deaths and Bokaro eight. 

While health department officials maintained that the continuing dip in new cases, compared to recoveries, since January 15 was a  welcome sign for Jharkhand, but growing fatalities was a concern. 

“While it’s too early to say whether the wave is flattening or not, the trend suggest so. On January 15, we had 3,351 recoveries compared to 3,258 new infections. It grew further on January 16 as 4,111 got cured compared to 2,776 fresh cases.

"A similar trend is continuing currently. This probably indicates that the wave is slowly waning, but it is still too early to conclude substantially unless we report a steady fall in fresh cases for about 10-12 days,” remarked an IDSP official at the health department.

He said most of the deaths were due to patients suffering from comorbidities. Most of these victims were doubly vaccinated. "But it needs to be probed why fatalities are more in East Singhbhum. Even during the first wave, we saw more deaths in East Singbhum,” he said.



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