India logged 18,930 new coronavirus infections taking the COVID-19 tally to 4,35,66,739, while the active cases increased to 1,19,457, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll climbed to 5,25,305 with 35 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The active cases comprise 0.26 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.53 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 4,245 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
A total of 86.53 crore tests have been conducted so far with 4,38,005 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.32 per cent while the weekly positivity rate stood at 3.86 per cent.
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 the one-crore mark on December 19.
The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed four crore on January 25 this year.
The 35 new fatalities include 19 from Kerala, seven from Maharashtra and three from West Bengal.
A total of 5,25,305 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,47,956 from Maharashtra, 70,073 from Kerala, 40,122 from Karnataka, 38,027 from Tamil Nadu, 26,276 from Delhi, 23,543 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,231 from West Bengal.
The 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.