India reported a record single-day spike of 24,850 coronavirus cases while 613 people succumbed to the disease in a day, the highest so far, health ministry data showed today.
With this, India's total Covid-19 caseload soared to 673,165 while the death toll climbed to 19,268, according to data.
This is the third consecutive day that coronavirus infections have increased by more than 20,000 across the country.
The number of recoveries stands at 409,082. There are 244,814 active cases at present in the country, the updated data said, adding that this takes the recovery rate to around 60.77 percent.
Of the 613 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 295 are from Maharashtra, 81 from Delhi, 65 from Tamil Nadu, 42 from Karnataka, 24 from Uttar Pradesh, 21 from Gujarat and 19 from West Bengal among other states.
Maharashtra's Covid-19 cases tally crossed the two lakh-mark last night with a record single-day spike of 7,074 new cases and 295 fatalities, which pushed the death toll to 8,671, the state health department said.
The state has the highest number of cases in India, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.
Delhi recorded 2,505 fresh coronavirus cases yesterday, taking the tally in the city to over 97,000 while the death count from the disease mounted to 3,004, authorities said.
The national capital's recovery rate too has risen significantly crossing 70 percent, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
"Less and less people in Delhi are now requiring hospitalisation, more and more people are getting cured at home," he added.
The number of fresh Covid-19 cases in West Bengal surpassed all previous daily increases on Saturday when the state registered 743 cases and 19 people died due to the disease, the state health department said.
The death count mounted to 736 while the state's coronavirus tally shot up to 21,231, a bulletin released by the department said.
After 17 days of strictly-enforced lockdown, Tamil Nadu eased the curbs for the state's capital city Chennai while extending restrictions for Madurai and nearby regions till July 12.
Chennai, which is under tightened restrictions from June 19 to July 5 to help fight surging cases, would see easing of curbs from Monday.
Karnataka has announced a total lockdown on Sundays amid rising number of cases in the state with Saturday witnessing the state's biggest 24-hour spike of 1,839 new cases and 42 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 21,549 and the death count to 335.