On Friday, Congress leader P Chidambaram pointed out discrepancies in data released by two government organisations on the total number of coronavirus cases in the country.
“See how weird this is: Total number of COVID19 cases in the country now at 118,447, including 66330 active cases and 3583 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. And the dashboard* number is: TOTAL CASES: 116,723 *Source: ICMR, M/HFW,” Chidambaram took to his official Twitter handle to say.
He informed that the two data sets were taken from the Union Ministry of Health and Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR.
As per data released by the Union health ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 118,447 on Friday, after 6,088 cases were reported in a single day-- the biggest single-day surge in a week.
The number of COVID-19 cases had jumped by 5,611 in 24 hours on Wednesday, taking the total infections tally to 106,750.
Out of the total coronavirus cases in the country, while 66,330 are active, 48,533 people have been sent home. So far 3,583 people have succumbed to the deadly virus.
Of the 148 deaths reported since Thursday morning, 64 were in Maharashtra, 24 in Gujarat, 18 from Delhi, 11 from Uttar Pradesh, seven from Tamil Nadu, six from West Bengal, five from Telangana, four from Rajasthan, three from Madhya Pradesh, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Bihar, Odisha, Haryana and Punjab.The death toll reached 45 in Telangana, 41 in Karnataka and 39 in Punjab.