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.
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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.
The capital of Amazonas state has had 122 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, far above the national average of 71 per 100,000.
Officials have acknowledged in the past that the figure is a significant undercount, because it includes only those who died after a positive test result, almost always at a hospital.
There are 9,43,480 active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 20.68 per cent of the total caseload, the data updated at 8.00 am stated.
In the past 24 hours, Russia recorded 122 COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 17,993, and 6,772 recoveries, taking the total to 850,049.
All the fatalities and 41 of the new cases were reported from Victoria, which is in a stage four lockdown since August 2.