India recorded 46,260 coronavirus cases, taking the total to 90,03,800.
This was the highest daily tally in 8 days. The day’s death toll, at 589, was highest in 14 days.
On the brighter side, it took 22 days for the tally to increase from the eight-million mark, making it the second slowest rise of one million infections in the country and reflecting the slowdown in the pandemic in recent weeks.
The last one-million rise in 22 days means the spread in the country has halved since the pandemic’s peak in mid-September, when it took just 11 days for cases to go from four million to five million. Only the first one million cases took more days than the last million.
India has become the second country in the world after the US to record nine million Covid-19 cases.
The 46,260 new cases detected on Thursday came out mainly from 10.3 lakh tests conducted in the country the previous day.
This was the first time in six days that the testing numbers had crossed 10 lakh. Testing had fallen sharply in the country due to Diwali and other festivals on top of the usual dip on weekends.
The number of fresh cases rose in most states, with Delhi again reporting the highest numbers (7,546) in the country.