New Delhi: India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,48,163, ith 30,773 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a single day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
While the active cases declined to 3,32,158, the death toll climbed to 4,44,838 with 309 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The 309 new fatalities include 143 from Kerala and 80 from Maharashtra.
A total of 4,44,838 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,38,469 from Maharashtra, 37,587 From Karnataka, 35,310 from Tamil Nadu, 25,085 from Delhi, 23,439 from Kerala, 22,887 from Uttar Pradesh, and 18,641 from West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
The active cases comprise 0.99 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.68 per cent, the ministry said.
A reduction of 8,481 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
As many as 15,59,895 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 55,23,40,168 The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.97 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for last 20 days The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.04 per cent. It has been below three per cent for the last 86 days, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,26,71,167, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 80.43 crore according to the ministry.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 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.
India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
"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.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 228.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.68 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.88 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and vaccination tally stood at 228,112,318, 4,685,130 and 5,883,069,259, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 42,048,376 and 673,464, respectively, according to the CSSE.
In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,417,390 cases.
The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,230,325), the UK (7,435,493), Russia (7,150,244), France (7,037,931), Turkey (6,794,670), Iran (5,408,860), Argentina (5,238,610), Colombia (4,939,251), Spain (4,929,546), Italy (4,632,275), Indonesia (4,188,529), Germany (4,144,165) and Mexico (3,552,983), the CSSE figures showed.
Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Brazil (590,508), India (444,529), Mexico (270,538), Peru (198,948), Russia (193,891), Indonesia (140,323), the UK (135,478), Italy (130,284), Colombia (125,860), Iran (116,791), France (116,662) and Argentina (114,367).