India records 30,948 new Covid cases, 403 deaths

New Delhi, August 23 (KMS): India logged 30,948 new Coronavirus infections and atleast 403 deaths till Sunday.

The Coronavirus deaths reached over 4,34,367 and active cases are more than 363,800. The death toll has climbed to 4,34,367 with 403 fresh fatalities, according to the Indian health ministry data updated on Sunday. The 403 new fatalities include 145 from Maharashtra and 83 from Kerala states.

A total of 4,34,367 deaths have been reported so far including 1,35,817 from Maharashtra, 37,123 from Karnataka, 34,686 from Tamil Nadu, 25,079 from Delhi, 22,792 from Uttar Pradesh, 19,428 from Kerala and 18,356 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Meanwhile, the state government’s denial in the Assembly a day before of no death in the state due to the lack of oxygen has left families of eight Covid patients and local residents fuming. Contrary to the claim, eight patients had died at Kirti Hospital, Gurugram, after it ran out of oxygen.

“We don’t want to go through that trauma again. We submitted videos, gave statements to all, but no action was taken. The hospital flourishes and staff walks free. We are trying to bring family to terms with the tragedy that still haunts us, “said brother of a victim. It was in May that 8 people died after hospital ran out of oxygen. It was alleged that relatives of the dead assaulted doctors and hospital staff hid for their safety, but relatives alleged that they had run away, leaving behind the patients. A video had gone viral, showing the police coming and arranging emergency help as hospital staff was missing.

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