India reached a grim milestone of the highest number of daily new COVID-19 cases and deaths. A record single-day rise of 4,12,262 coronavirus cases pushed India's tally of infection to 2,10,77,410, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
Not only has it been 15 straight days with India recording more than three lakh cases but also the second time after May 1 records saw it breaching the four-lakh margin in a day. Casualties are now closer to the 4,000 mark after nine days straight of over 3,000 deaths everyday.
As many as 3,980 patients succumbed to the infection during the last 24 hours, taking the total COVID-related death toll to 2,30,168.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 35,66,398 comprising 16.92 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 81.99 per cent, the Union Health Ministry data showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,72,80,844 while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.09 per cent, the data stated.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 29,67,75,209 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to May 5. Of these 19,23,131 samples were tested on Wednesday.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered stands at 16,25,13,339, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent 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.
India is currently dealing with a devastating second COVID-19 wave that has swept through the nation, straining the country's health infrastructure and overburdening frontline medical workers.
Total cases: 2,10,77,410
Total recoveries: 1,72,80,844
Death toll: 2,301,68
Active cases: 35,66,398
Total vaccination: 16,25,13,339