Record Highest: 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases and 2,767 new deaths in India

India reached a grim milestone of the highest number of daily new COVID-19 cases and deaths. A record single-day rise of 3,49,691 coronavirus cases pushed India’s tally of infection to 1,69,60,172, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll rose to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 more fatalities in a day, the Union Health Ministry data showed.

With a steady increase, active cases in the country reached 26,82,751 and comprise 15.82 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.05 per cent.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 27,79,18,810 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till April 24 with 17,19,588 of them being examined on Saturday. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in the country stands at 14,09,16,417.

The health ministry said that, ‘Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research and also Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities’.