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The Covid-19 pandemic has been harsh towards the doctors and medical staff, who have a high chance of catching the virus, as they treat and assist the patients in the line of duty.
Similar to the first wave, several doctors have breathed their last. In its latest report, the voluntary association Indian Medical Association (IMA) said a total of 719 doctors died in the country so far during the Covid second wave.
While 719 doctors breathed their last across the country, Bihar tops the list with 111 doctors losing their lives.
After Bihar, the national capital Delhi(109), Uttar Pradesh(79), and West Bengal(63) saw the highest fatalities among the doctors, in the northern states during the second wave.
Coming to the southern states, around 36 doctors in Telangana lost their lives, followed by fellow Telugu State and Tamil Nadu with 35 and 32 doctors respectively during the same period.
Puducherry(1), Tripura, Goa, and Uttarakhand with two each and Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab with three each, and Manipur(5) and Chhattisgarh(5) reported the least deaths.
In the last 24 hours, India reported 84,332 new Covid-19 cases. For the fifth consecutive day, India saw less than one lakh patients getting infected with the virus. Over 4,000 people breathed their last due to Covid on June 12.