More than 10 lakh daily tests were reported on December 1 with more than 14.24 crore tests carried out till date.
The UK on Wednesday became the first Western nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, vaulting past the USA and the European Union in the race to approve a vaccine, months into a pandemic that has killed nearly 1.5 million people worldwide.
The total confirmed Covid-19 cases in India are on the verge of crossing 95 lakh even though the active count was only 4.6 per cent at around 4.29 lakh. With 526 new deaths, the cumulative toll mounted to 1,38,648.
Kerala reported the most (5,375) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (4,930), Delhi (4,006), West Bengal (3,315) and Rajasthan (2,347).
- Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla hailed the emergency authorisation as "a historic moment in the fight against Covid-19".
With 40,726 recoveries and 35,551 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India on Thursday reported more recoveries than active cases for the sixth consecutive day.
According to the statement, the total recovered cases stand at 8,932,647.
The novel coronavirus pandemic broke out in China's Wuhan late previous year and has since killed more than 14 lakh people across the world with 6 crore infections, a sixth of which are in the United States of America - the worst-hit country so far with 2.7 lakh deaths.
The ministry said 10 states and UTs have contributed 75.5 percent of the new COVID-19 cases.
At 5,924, the maximum recoveries were reported from Kerala, while Delhi saw 5,329 daily recoveries and Maharashtra 3,796 new recoveries.
- Sarma said that 138 patients were cured of the infection during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,08,666.
The difference in new recoveries outnumbering new cases has also improved the recovery rate to 94.03 per cent today.