The active cases rose to 8,21,446, the highest in 208 days, while the deathtoll climbed to 4,84,213 with 277 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 amstated.
Of the total 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant, 1,711 people have recovered ormigrated so far. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,247 casesfollowed by Rajasthan at 645, Delhi 546, Karnataka 479 and Kerala 350.
The active cases comprise 2.29 per cent of the total infections, while thenational Covid recovery rate decreased to 96.36 per cent, the ministry said.An increase of 97,827 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseloadin a span of 24 hours.
India's tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakhon August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past60 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.
India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June23.