India has surpassed Brazil to record the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1,35,27,717, as a record 1,68,912 new infections were reported in a day.
The active cases have surpassed the 12-lakh mark, while the death toll increased to 1,70,179 with 904 new fatalities in a day, the highest since October 18, 2020, according to the union health ministry data updated at 8 am on April 12.
The national COVID-19 recovery rate has fallen below 90 percent.
According to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data, India has overtaken Brazil, which is now at the third spot in the COVID tally with 1,34,82,023 cases.
The United States has the highest number of cases at 3,11,98,055, while globally 13,61,36,954 cases have been reported.
Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in a row, the active cases have increased to 12,01,009 in India comprising 8.88 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 89.86 percent.
Before the latest surge, the active caseload was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020 and had decreased to 1, 35,926 on February 12. 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.
According to the ICMR, 25,78,06,986 samples have been tested up to April 11 with 11,80,136 samples being tested on April 11.