India on Monday (April 26, 2021) recorded, yet again, the highest single-day spike with 3,52,991 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total active cases to 28,13,658, as per the health ministry update on Monday morning.
Millions of people refuse to even step outside - their fear of catching the virus is that extreme.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
As for the State-wise tally so far, Maharashtra has administered the highest number of first doses at 1,24,04,727, followed by Rajasthan at 1,03,88,447 and Uttar Pradesh at 97,83,416.
The death toll increased to 1,95,123 with a record 2,812 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Deaths have been steadily rising in India as critical care beds, medicines and oxygen fall short in an unrelenting wave of Covid infections.
The national COVID-19 mortality rate has dropped and now stands at 1.14 per cent, the union health ministry informed on Saturday.
As per the union health ministry data, five states of the country, namely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala, contribute 54 percent of the cases.
"Thoughts and prayers with India in these hard times, may the Almighty help us to tide over the unprecedented tragedies of Covid's second wave", tweeted Malik Monday morning.
For the third day in a row, India has set a global daily record with 346,786 coronavirus cases.
Stating the fact that a very high number of daily new Covid cases being reported for the past few days, the Centre said there is an urgent need for states to consider strict Covid management and control measures to bring the situation under control.