New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Monday said that India added 90,797 cases of coronavirus in two days with 46,951 new infections being recorded in 24 hours, the highest so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,16,46,081.
The total active caseload has increased to 3,34,646 which now comprises 2.87 per cent of the total infections, thereby registering an increase for the 12th day in a row.
The data stated that the recovery rate has further dropped to 95.75 per cent.
The data updated at 8 am showed that the daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 130 days, while the death toll increased to 1,59,967 with 212 daily new fatalities, the highest in 72 days.
As many as 47,905 new infections were recorded within a span of 24 hours on November 12.
The data further stated that the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,11,51,468 and the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.37 per cent.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh onAugust 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 23,44,45,774 samples have been tested up to March 21 with 8,80,655 samples being tested on Sunday.
The 212new fatalities include 99 from Maharashtra, 44 from Punjab, 13 from Kerala and 10 from Chhattisgarh.
A total of 1,59,967 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 53,399 from Maharashtra, 12,599 from Tamil Nadu, 12,434 from Karnataka, 10,956 from Delhi, 10,306 from West Bengal, 8,759 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,189 from Andhra Pradesh.
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.
(with minor edits from PTI)