The active Covid-19 cases in India rose to 4,32,041 with the country recording 41,806 new cases in the last 24 hours.
The total infection tally in the country now stands at 3,09,87,880. Kerala has reported the highest cases- 15,637-on Wednesday.
According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday, an increase of 2,095 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The death toll climbed to 4,11,989 with 581 fresh fatalities.
The active cases comprise 1.39 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.28 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Also, 19,43,488 tests were conducted on Wednesday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 43,80,11,958, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.15 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for 24 consecutive days, the ministry said.
The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.21 per cent, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,01,43,850, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.39 per cent, the data stated.
Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far have reached 39.13 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one crore-mark on December 19.India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
The 581 new fatalities include 170 deaths from Maharashtra and 128 from Kerala.
A total of 4,11,989 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,26,390 from Maharashtra, 35,989 from Karnataka, 33,557 from Tamil Nadu, 25,021 from Delhi, 17,958 from West Bengal and 16,207 from Punjab.
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