India recorded 70,589 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, said Health Ministry’s data released on Tuesday. With the new cases, country’s total virus tally has reached 6,145,292, a day after it breached the six million mark. 

A total of 776 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. The country’s coronavirus death toll has reached 96,318.

Since the pandemic hit India, a total of 5,101,398 people have recovered from the disease or have been discharged, the Health Ministry’s data showed. Currently, there are 947,576 active cases in the country.

According to the Indian Centre of Medical Research (ICMR), 73,110,041 samples were tested till September 28. This includes the 1,142,811 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

India has emerged as the second-worst hit nation by COVID-19. The United States remains the worst-hit country, with over 7.1 million cases and more than 205,000 deaths, as per the tally by John Hopkins University.

Since the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, last year in China, the disease has globally infected over 33.2 million people and killed over a million of them.