India registered 2,61,500 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union Health Ministry data released on Sunday.
With these new cases, the total number of those who tested positive for the disease has reached 1,47,88,109.
Besides, the country also recorded 1,501 deaths due to the virus, pushing the death toll to 1,77,150.
It was the fourth consecutive day when the country recorded more than 2 lakh cases in a day.
On Saturday, the country saw 2,34,692 cases, while on Friday and Thursday, 2,17,353 and 2,00,739 cases were reported, respectively.
On a positive front, 1,38,423 patients recovered from the virus, taking the total number of such cases to 1,28,09,643.
Meanwhile, total 12,26,22,590 Coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the country since January 16, with 26,84,956 jabs being given since yesterday. Currently, the country has 18,01,316 active cases.
According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), so far, 26,65,38,416 tests have been conducted in the country. Of these, 15,66,394 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.