With one lakh cases, India reports highest ever single day spike

India recorded an all-time high of 1,03,558 coronavirus infections in a day pushing the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 1,25,89,067, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The single-day rise in cases surpassed the earlier peak of 97,894 infections reported on September 17, last year, making it the highest since the pandemic began in India.

The death toll increased to 1,65,101 with 478 new fatalities.

Registering a steady increase for the 26th day in row, the active cases have increased to 7,41,830 comprising 5.89 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 92.80 per cent, the data stated.

The surge in cases comes a day before polling is held in four states – Assam, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala – and Pondicherry, a union territory. The Election Commission has ensured Covid protocols are strictly followed at polling booths.