New Delhi, April 26:

India’s daily count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) stayed above 300,000 for the fifth consecutive day, the Union ministry of health and family welfare dashboard showed on Monday morning. The country recorded more than 350,000 fresh infections in the last 24 hours for the first time, as a record 352,991 cases took the infection tally to 17,313,163, the dashboard showed.

As many as 2,812 people succumbed to the viral disease during this period, taking the related death toll to 195,123. The toll, which is India’s highest in a single day period, makes it yet another day when more than 2000 people lost their lives. The country’s fatality rate due to the infection thus stands at 1.13%. The same period also saw 219,272 more people defeating the deadly disease, taking total recovered cases to14,304,382 with the national recovery rate registering a marginal drop to 82.62%. Active cases, meanwhile, rose by 130,907 infections to 2,813,658 increasing to 16.25% in the overall caseload.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 1,402,367 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the preceding 24 hours, taking the number of samples tested till April 25 to 279,321,177.