New Delhi:

The number of new coronavirus infections reported daily across the country dropped below 60,000, even as the caseload surged to 71,75,880 and the total recoveries crossed?62 lakh, the Union Health Ministry data stated on Tuesday

The total cases mounted to?71,75,880, with 55,342 infections being reported in a day, while death toll climbed to 1,09,856 as the virus claimed 706 lives in a span of 24 hours,?the data updated at 8 am showed

For the fifth day in a row, the active cases of COVID-19 remained below 9 lakh

The country has been recording less than 75,000 new infections daily for the fifth consecutive day and fatalities below 1,000 for 10 straight days

India registered a record single-day increase of 97,894 COVID-19 cases on September 17

There are 8,38,729 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.69  per cent of the total caseload, the data stated

The COVID-19?case fatality rate was recorded at 1.53 per cent

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

According to ICMR,?a cumulative total of 8,89,45,107 samples have been tested up to October 12 with 10,73,014?samples being tested on Monday.