Mumbai adds 862 unreported COVID-19 deaths after reconciling data since March

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MUMBAI, June 17 (Xinhua) — India’s Mumbai added 917 deaths to its toll on Tuesday after 862 unreported deaths for COVID-19 since March were included to the tally, taking the total casualties in India’s financial capital to 3,165, as per the official update on Tuesday night.

The city on Tuesday also crossed the grim milestone of 60,000 confirmed cases with 941 fresh cases diagnosed, of which 25,937 are active cases.

The reconciliation of death toll since March was taken by India’s western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is its political capital, to address the mismatch between the state figures with those filed with the official portal by the Indian government, a state government official said.

The western state added 1,328 unreported deaths out of which 862 were from Mumbai, which were reported after the data were reconciled.

“The government has no intention to hide any death. We will be declaring all deaths as the process of cleaning data continues,” said the state health secretary.

With 50,044 active cases and 5,537 total deaths reported in the country’s most urbanized and industrialised state, the mortality rate in Maharashtra now stands at 4.8 percent compared to 3.7 percent earlier, which is much higher than the national average of 2.8 percent.

As on Wednesday morning, India, ranked fourth among all countries for confirmed cases of COVID-19, has 153,178 active cases with 9,900 deaths reported so far. Enditem

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