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730 doctors died during second wave of COVID-19 pandemic: IMA

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday said 730 medical practitioners have died across India during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the second wave of the pandemic wreaked havoc across the country, with longer queues outside hospitals and crematoriums and authorities struggling to manage the massive surge in cases and deaths.

IMA had earlier said 748 doctors had died in the country during the first wave of the pandemic.

Bihar reported maximum deaths

As per the IMA data, Bihar reported death of 115 doctors—the highest among states. It is followed by Delhi where 109 medical practitioners died. In Uttar Pradesh, 79 medical practitioners lost their life as against 62 deaths in West Bengal.

Forty-three doctors succumbed to the deadly viral infection in Rajasthan, followed by 39 deaths in Jharkhand. IMA data provides that 38 doctors died during the second wave in Andhra Pradesh, while Gujarat and Telangana witnessed 37 deaths each.

Thirty-two doctors died during the past three months in Tamil Nadu, whereas 31 doctors succumbed in Odisha. This apart, 24 doctors died during the second wave of COVID-19 in Kerala, followed by 23 in Maharashtra.  Sixteen doctors died in Madhya Pradesh, whereas the rest of the state reported less than 10 deaths.

Actual number likely to be higher

The actual number of doctors who died during the first and second wave of the pandemic is expected to be higher than the figure provided by IMA. This is because the association only maintains a record of its 3.5 lakh members, whereas India has over 12 lakh doctors.

COVID-19 situation in India

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that over 62,224 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.96 crore.

Also, 2,542 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 3,79,573.

 

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