Experts say an overreliance on official data that didn't reflect the true extent of infections contributed to authorities being blindsided by a huge surge in recent weeks.
A 76-year-old man became the first victim of coronavirus in India, which he had contracted in Saudi Arabia during his pilgrimage to Makkah, on this day last year.
After registering an increase for six consecutive days, the number of active COVID-19 cases has gone down to 1,87,462, accounting for only 1.67 per cent of the country's total caseload.
The Centre is continuously engaging with the states and UTs reporting higher caseload of active cases and those showing a rise in the daily new COVID cases, the Health Ministry said.
The number of coronavirus cases in the country surged to 583,916, while the nationwide tally of fatalities jumped to 13,013.
COVID-19: India records 14,989 new infections, active caseload goes above 1.7 lakh mark after a month
The death toll increased to 1,57,346 with 98 daily new fatalities, the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
Five states including Maharashtra, Kerala account for over 84% of total active COVID-19 cases: Centre
Maharashtra leads all the states with a weekly positivity rate of 10.02 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
The active caseload increased to 1,51,708 which comprises 1.37 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.
During the same period, 117 fatalities were recorded, also the lowest in over eight months, taking the death toll to 1,53,587.
The running total of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World II.
'My wedding can wait. Nation and duty come first at this hour. We are at war with an enemy which is invisible and dangerous. I am just doing my bit,' says 27-year-old Parveen.