India posted a record tally of 346,786 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while daily deaths from COVID-19 also jumped by a record, government data released on Saturday showed.
Deaths rose by 2,624 to reach a total of 189,544, according to health ministry data.
People are dying across the world because they are not being vaccinated against COVID-19, they are not being tested and not being treated, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
He said he was concerned about the growing caseload in India.
"The situation in India is a devastating reminder of what the virus can do," he told a virtual briefing in Geneva.
The national COVID-19 mortality rate has dropped and currently stands at 1.14 per cent, the union health ministry informed on Saturday.
The death toll stood at 1,66,10,481 with 2,624 fatalities reported in 24 hours out of which Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (773) followed by Delhi with 348 daily deaths.
Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, reported 74.15 percent of the new COVID-19 cases reported in a day, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.
Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Kerala cumulatively account for 66.66 percent of India's total active cases.
It also said 12 states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily cases. These are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, and West Bengal.
A record single-day rise of 3,46,786 coronavirus cases pushed India's tally of infection to 1,66,10,481, while active cases crossed the 25-lakh mark, according to the ministry's data updated on Saturday.
The death toll rose to 1,89,544 with a record 2,624 more fatalities in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.The Union health ministry said the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 13.83 crores.
These include 92,68,027 healthcare and 1,18,51,655 frontline workers who have taken the first dose, and 59,51,076 healthcare and 61,94,851 frontline workers who have taken the second one. Also, among the senior citizens, 4,91,45,265 have taken the first dose and 71,65,338 the second dose. Among those between 45 and 60 years, 4,66,71,540 got the first dose of vaccine and 21,32,080 the second dose of vaccine.
Maharashtra has reported 66,836 new COVID-19 cases, and 773 deaths in the last 24 hours, the State Health Department informed on Friday. With over 60,000 new cases, the total active cases in the state reached 6,91,851.
As many as 63,252 people have died in the state so far as Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit state by the pandemic.