People at a crowded market in New Delhi flouting social distancing norms amid COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI
India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union health ministry data updated on Thursday showed.
The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day, according to the data updated at 8 am.
Registering a steady increase for the 29th day in row, the count of active cases has gone up to 9,10,319, which is 7.04% of the total infections, while the country’s recovery rate has further dropped to 91.67%, it stated.
The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25% of the total infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,18,51,393, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.29%, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28 last year, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 25,26,77,379 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country so far, including 12,37,781 on Wednesday.