India hit a new coronavirus infection record with 1,68,912 new cases, the highest single-day rise so far or the sixth record rise in seven days, taking the total tally of cases to 1,35,27,717, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has fallen below 90 percent. The active cases have surpassed the 12-lakh mark, while the death toll increased to 1,70,179 with 904 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in a row, the active cases have increased to 12,01,009 comprising 8.88 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 89.86 percent.
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 on February 12 and it was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,21,56,529, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.26 percent, the data stated.
India's tally of more than 1.35 crore Covid cases is the second-highest globally, behind the United States and just ahead of Brazil's.
Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with 63,294 new cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state government is likely to take a call on announcing a complete lockdown in the state this week.
In terms of the total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
Delhi also witnessed the highest single-day spike with 10,774 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths reported. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this is the fourth wave in the capital and that it is "much more dangerous". He will hold a key meeting today to take stock of the situation.
Gujarat Sunday reported 5,469 new cases of coronavirus, which took its caseload to 3,47,495. The Gujarat High Court initiated public interest litigation on its own over the pandemic, observing that media reports on the pandemic indicate that the state was heading towards a "health emergency of sorts".
Despite the country being in the grips of the deadly wave of the pandemic, lakhs of devotees from across the country have gathered in Uttarakhand's Haridwar for the Kumbh Mela - one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. More than one lakh devotees were seen on the banks of the Ganga river, in clear violation of the COVID-19 rules.
With over 29.33 lakh vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours, the country has administered over 10.45 crore doses so far.
Central teams have reported non-adherence of COVID-19 appropriate behavior in almost all of the 50 most-affected districts in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Punjab, the Union health ministry said, urging the states for strict enforcement of rules.
With 50 percent of the staff at the Supreme Court testing positive for the virus, judges will hear cases through video conference from homes, sources said. The entire court premises, including courtrooms, are getting sanitized.
The government on Sunday banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and its active pharmaceutical ingredients as demand rocketed due to a record surge in COVID-19 infections, leading to a crippling shortage in many parts.