New Delhi: With 42,766 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus infection in day, India's infection tally rose to 3,29,88,673, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.
The COVID-19 death toll has climbed to 4,40,533, with 308 new fatalities, according to the ministry data updated at 8 am on Sunday.
The active cases have increased to 4,10,048, comprising 1.24 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.42 per cent, the health ministry said.
An increase of 4,367 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Less than 50,000 daily new cases are being reported for 70 consecutive days, the ministry said.
It said 17,47,476 tests were conducted on Saturday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of the infection in the country to 53,00,58,218. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.45 per cent.
Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.62 per cent. It has been below 3 per cent for the last 72 days, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,21,38,092, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 68.46 crore, it said.
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, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one crore-mark on December 19.
The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 this year and three crore on June 23
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 220 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.56 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.42 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 220,223,874, 4,560,045 and 5,427,586,210, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 39,905,855 and 648,106, respectively, according to the CSSE.
In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 32,945,907 cases.
The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (20,877,864), France (6,910,865), the UK (6,973,995), Russia (6,894,113), Turkey (6,412,247), Argentina (5,202,405), Iran (5,103,537), Colombia (4,916,980), Spain (4,877,755), Italy (4,566,126), Indonesia (4,123,617), Germany (4,005,528) and Mexico (3,420,880), the CSSE figures showed.
In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 583,362 fatalities.
Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (440,225), Mexico (262,868), Peru (198,420), Russia (183,117), Indonesia (135,469), the UK (133,485), Italy (129,466), France (115,352), Colombia (125,230), Argentina (112,444) and Iran (110,064).