India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,62,89,290 with 29,23,400 active cases and 2,95,525 deaths so far.
Cumulatively, India reported 2,65,30,132 cases, of which total active cases were 28,05,399, those who recovered were 2,34,25,467 and the death toll stood at 2,99,266, as per the government data.
India registered record deaths due to Covid on Wednesday with 4,529 deaths - the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China's Wuhan in December 2019.
India's toll from the coronavirus disease crossed the 3-lakh mark on Monday after the country reported 4,454 deaths in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed.
In the capital, New Delhi, residents have died at home with no oxygen as hospitals exhausted limited supplies.
The first known COVID-19 death in India happened on March 12, 2020, in southern Karnataka state.
With hospitals overflowing, the health system overwhelmed in the cities and a shortage of vaccines, experts have warned India could face a third wave of infections in coming months.
He also paid tribute to the estimated 115,000 health and care workers who have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Besides, 5,98,35,256 and 95,80,860 beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years have been administered the first and second doses, respectively, while 5,62,45,627 and 1,81,31,102 beneficiaries aged above 60 years have taken the first and second doses, respectively, the ministry added. The toll hit 200,000 deaths in late April. Of them, 19,28,127 samples were tested on Sunday.
In rural villages, fever and breathlessness took people before they were tested for coronavirus.
But while megacities such as Mumbai and New Delhi see some signs of improvement, the virus appears to be taking a ghastly toll in the country's vast rural areas.
Meanwhile, several states and Union Territories, including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, have extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown or curfew to curb the spread of the virus.
The figure is 3.47 million, not 34.7 million.
According to research published Monday, dogs - with their remarkable sense of smell - can be trained to detect more than 90 percent of Covid-19 infections even when patients are asymptomatic.