New Delhi, Aug 20: India recorded a total of 69,652 fresh COVID-19 cases and 977 more deaths in past 24 hours, taking the case tally to 28,36,925 on Thursday.
Pandemic fatalities toll in the country has now mounted to 53,866, as per the Union Health Ministry update.
On the brighter note, the recovery rate improved to 73.91 per cent, after 58,794 more patients defeated the virus in the past 24 hours.
The total number of COVID recoveries now stand close to 21 lakh , with the figure presently at 20,96,664.
As per the health update, the active case load on the country has increased by 9881 since Wednesday and presently the nation houses 6,86,395 such cases.
The recovered cases have now exceeded the active cases by 14,10,269.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 9,18,470 samples were tested on Wednesday, and so far since the beginning , 3,26,61,252 COVID tests have been conducted pan India.