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India records highest-ever spike of deaths

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 17 - India registered the highest-ever spike of 2,003 COVID-19 fatalities pushing the death toll to 11,903 on Wednesday after Maharashtra and Delhi added earlier deaths that were not attributed to the disease.

The country�s COVID-19 caseload rose to 3,54,065 with 10,974 new infections being reported in the last 24 hours.

Of the 2,003 new deaths, Maharashtra accounted for the highest 1,409 fatalities taking its COVID-19 death tally to 5,537, while novel coronavirus deaths in Delhi surged by 437 taking its toll to 1,837, according to the Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.

�The sudden surge in deaths is based on entry of data by the states. Maharashtra and Delhi have reconciled data from previous days,� a Health Ministry official said.

Moreover, Tamil Nadu has reported 49 deaths followed by Gujarat at 28, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana at 18 each, Madhya Pradesh 11, West Bengal 10, Rajasthan 7, Karnataka 5 and Telangana 4. � PTI

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