India recorded 96,424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 5.2 million, data from the federal health ministry showed on Friday.

India has been posting the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and seems on course to cross the United States as the country with the most number of cases.

Deaths in India have been relatively low, and it has a fatality rate of 1.62%.

On Friday, the health ministry said 1,174 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total mortalities from the disease to 84,372.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

There are 10,17,754 active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 19.52 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and?it went past? 50 lakh on September 16.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 6,15,72,343 samples have been tested up to September 17 with 10,06,615 samples being tested on Thursday

Of the 1,174 new deaths,468 are from Maharashtra, 93 from Karnataka,81 from Uttar Pradesh, 72 from Andhra Pradesh,60 from West Bengal,59 fromTamil Nadu, 54 from Punjab,38 from Delhi, 33 from Madhya Pradesh,24 from Haryana,19 from Jammu and Kashmir, 17 each from Assam and Chhattisgarh, 14 each from Gujarat and Rajasthan and 13 each from Odisha, Puducherry and Uttarakhand.