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Covid: three more deaths take state toll to over 1,000

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The Covid-19 death toll in Jharkhand rose to 1,004, with at least three new fatalities  – one each from Dumka, Palamu and Hazaribag – being reported over the past 24 hours, the state health department said. 

Meanwhile, fresh cases of Covid-19 infection outnumbered recoveries on Wednesday. As per government data, as many as 190 people tested positive  on the day, while 180 patients recovered from the infection. 

The Covid recovery rate in Jharkhand was 97.69 per cent against the national average of 95.20 per cent. 

Only three districts – Ranchi, East Singhbhum and Bokaro– reported a double-digit-spike in cases of Covid-19 infection on the day. Ranchi reported 87 cases against 86 recoveries, while East Singhbhum reported 30 cases against 16 recoveries. At least 18 people were found infected in Bokaro, while 13 patients recovered from the infection there. 

At least eight of 24 districts in Jharkhand did not report even a single case of Covid-19 infection over the past 24 hours, as per government data. 

By the end of Wednesday, there were 759 active cases in Ranchi and 208 in East Singhbhum. All the remaining 22 districts had less than 100 active cases. At least 1,585 people were battling the viral infection in Jharkhand in the last 24 hours, stated the data.

The government on Wednesday tested swab samples of 16,769 people and more than 1 per cent of them were found infected. So far, health workers have collected swab samples of 45.64 lakh people in Jharkhand and tested 45.51 lakh of them. Around 13,000 swab samples were pending for tests. 

Despite the three fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, the Covid-19 mortality rate in Jharkhand remained 0.89 per cent against the national average of 1.50 per cent. 

As per data, the growth rate of the virus in Jharkhand was 0.14 per cent against the national average of 0.24 per cent. The doubling rate of infection in Jharkhand was 484.16 days against the national average of 288.70 days.

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