New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 94.62 lakh on Tuesday after 31,118 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry.

The toll climbed to 1,37,621 with 482 more fatalities being recorded in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the country in a span of 24 hours dropped below 35,000 for the third time this month.

The total number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 88,89,585, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.94 percent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.

The active COVID-19 caseload remained below five lakh for the 21th consecutive day. There are 4,35,603 active cases in the country which comprise 4.60 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August and 40 lakh on 5 September. It went past 50 lakh on 16 September, 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, and surpassed 90 lakh on 20 November.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 14,13, 49,298 samples have been tested so far. At least 9,69,332 samples were tested on Monday alone.

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