New Delhi:
The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below the 3 lakh-mark for the sixth consecutive day, with 2.57 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), said on Saturday.

With the fresh cases, India's tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,62,89,290.

The death toll due to the disease rose to 2,95,525 with 4,194 fresh fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

As the country records less than three lakh cases for the four successive days, the daily positivity rate of India has declined to 12.45 per cent.

According to the MoHFW, as many as 20,66,285 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours across the country, which is the highest number of tests conducted in a day.

The Union Health Ministry informed that India's daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the ninth consecutive day.

"As many as 357,630 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours. India's cumulative recoveries have reached 2,30,70,365 today. The National Recovery Rate has grown further to touch 87.76 per cent," the Ministry said.

The active cases further reduced to 29,23,400 comprising 11.12 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 87.76 per cent.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease in the country surged to 2,30,70,365, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.12 per cent, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh-mark on August 7 last, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19 last year.

India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4 this year.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,64,84,155 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to May 21 with 20,66,285 samples tested on Friday.