New Delhi:

India’s new coronavirus infections reached a record of 184,372 in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, as most of the south Asian nation battles a second surge in cases.

The nationwide tally of infections is 13.9 million, with the data showing deaths rose by 1,027, for a toll of 172,085.

India on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63,689 in active coronavirus cases to take its count to 1,264,698, the most at any time since the outbreak early last year. India’s share of global active coronavirus cases now stands at 5.30 per cent (one in 19).

The country is 3rd among the most affected countries by active cases. On Tuesday, it added 161,736 cases to take its total caseload to 13,689,453. And, with 879 new fatalities, its Covid-19 death toll reached 171,058, or 1.25 per cent of total confirmed infections.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 10.85 crores, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

A total of 10,85,33,085 vaccine doses have been administered through 16,08,448 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.

"These include 90,33,621 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 55,58,103 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,00,78,589 FLWs (1stdose), 49,19,212 FLWs (2nddose), 4,17,12,654 1st dose beneficiaries and 22,53,077 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 3,42,18,175 (1st dose) and 7,59,654 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years," the Ministry said.

Eight states account for 60.16 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country. Over 40 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours, it added.