The total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 800,000-mark in India on Saturday, reaching 820,916, even as the total deaths stood at 22,123, said the data released by the federal health ministry a short while ago.
The national recovery rate now stands at 62.09 percent and the gap between recovered and active cases has crossed 2 lakh.
Maharashtra recorded 2,30,599 cases with the highest number, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,30,261 and Delhi with 1,07,051.
"We should not forget that in our country, 49 districts alone account for 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases".
India saw a record single-day surge of 24,879 coronavirus infections, which pushed the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 7,67,296 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, the health ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
It was highlighted that the mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be a major part of the communication strategy going forward through discussions in the media, the ministry said.
"Thus, around 62.42 per cent of patients have recovered so far", an official said.
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Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi, in that order, also remain the three worst-affected states.
Uttar Pradesh has also reimposed lockdown for the weekend after the state reported 1,347 new coronavirus cases and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 11,024.
Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed almost 555,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.
The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. It took 110 days for the number of cases in the country to reach one lakh but just 53 days more to race past the eight-lakh mark.
COVID-19 recovered cases are 1.75 times that of active cases, Bhushan said.
In the view of rising Covid-19 cases in the United States, California authorities have made a decision to release up to 8,000 inmates early from state prison. The city, however, has strengthened its recovery rate to more than 77%, which means that 3 out every 4 patients have recovered.
There are 2,83,407 active cases and all are under medical supervision, with severe cases being admitted in hospitals and pre-symptomatic patients and those showing moderate symptoms in home isolation, the ministry said.