New Delhi, March 16:

India on Tuesday recorded 24,492 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), pushing the cumulative tally past 11,409,831, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said.

Witnessing a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases after a relatively controlled January and February, India has recorded more than 20,000 infections for the sixth day in a row.

The fatalities due to the viral disease also increased to 158,856 after 131 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, data updated by the health ministry at 8am showed.

The active cases also soared to 223,432 after a downward trend since January 20, as 4,170 new infections were added between Sunday and Monday morning, comprising 1.93% of the total cases seen so far. The health ministry data also showed that 11,027,543 patients were discharged as 20,191 recovered from the viral disease in the last 24 hours, it also showed. The national recovery rate stands at 96.64 per cent.