India recorded 56,211 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 17 per cent lower than the day before, taking the total tally to 1,20,95,855 on Tuesday.
On Monday, the country recorded 68,020 cases, the highest single-day spike in daily new cases since 11 October, last year.
Lower count of cases is a result of low testing. According to the ICMR, 242,650,025 samples have been tested up to 28 March with 785,864 samples being tested on Monday.
On Sunday, 913,000 samples were tested, compared to over 1 million samples the previous days, according to the data by the apex research body.
Prior to this, India registered a steady increase for 19 days in a row.
The active cases have now increased to 540,720 comprising, 4.47 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate is at 94.19 per cent.
The toll increased to 162,114 with 271 daily new fatalities. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 11,393,021, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
India fought through the first wave of infection six months ago and recorded a highest single-day spike of 93,617 cases on 16 September. The highest number of deaths recorded in a day were 1,169 on 15 September.
Eight states—Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh are logging high number of Covid-19 daily new cases, the Health Ministry said.
The Centre has advised high-burden states and union territories to take stringent measures for containment of the surge.
So far, 61 million doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on 16 January after approval for ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’.
Many states did not schedule vaccination sessions due to Holi on Monday.