India reports 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day spike since pandemic
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 count
New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its tally to 1,29,28,574, said the Union health ministry on Thursday.
The 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 percent of the total infections, while the country's recovery rate has further dropped to 91.67 percent, it stated.
The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on 12 February, comprising 1.25 percent 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 percent, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.
It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,26,77,379 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country so far, including 12,37,781 on Wednesday.
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