New Delhi: India saw a record single-day rise of 3,60,960 coronavirus cases, which pushed the total tally to 1,79,97,267, while the toll crossed two lakh following 3,293 fresh fatalities, according to Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is 1,48,17,371, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.12 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have risen to 29,78,709, comprising 16.55 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 82.33 percent, it said.
The toll stands at 2,01,187, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August last year, 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, one-crore mark on 19 December and 1.5 crore on 19 April.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 28,27,03,789 samples have been tested up to 27 April, with 17,23,912 samples being tested on Tuesday.
The 3,293 new fatalities include 895 from Maharashtra, 381 from Delhi, 264 from Uttar Pradesh, 246 from Chhattisgarh,180 from Karnataka, 170 from Gujarat, 131 from Jharkhand, 121 from Rajasthan and 100 from Punjab.
The total 2,01,187 deaths reported so far in the country include 66,179 from Maharashtra, 15,009 from Delhi, 14,807 from Karnataka, 13,728 from Tamil Nadu, 11,678 from Uttar Pradesh, 11,082 from West Bengal, 8,630 from Punjab, 7,800 from Andhra Pradesh and 7,782 from Chhattisgarh.
The health ministry said more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
WHO's announcement came nearly three weeks after India objected to the B.1.617 mutation of COVID-19 being termed the 'Indian variant' in media reports
In a letter, Additional Secretary to Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said the 'vaccine package' being offered by some institutions is against the guidelines of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The active case count has reduced to 15,55,248, which comprises 5.73 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.08 percent, the data showed