New Delhi: India registered more than 1.60 lakh COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, according to the official figures released on Tuesday (April 13, 2021) morning. India recorded 1,61,736 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, besides 97,168 recoveries and 879 deaths.
The country's total coronavirus tally has now climbed to 1.36 crore, of which, 12.6 lakh are currently active cases. A total of 1,22,53,697 people have recovered so far, whereas, 1,71,058 have died of the virus.
Earlier on Monday, India's COVID-19 caseload was increased by 1.68 lakh. The recent sudden surge in COVID-19 cases has now made India the second-worst-coronavirus hit country across the world. It overtook Brazil on Monday and is now behind the United States which has so far reported 3,12,67,359 COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the total number of vaccination has touched 10.85 crore. This comes a day after the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the emergency use authorisation of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. This is to be noted that the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has announced that it is aiming to produce more than 850 million doses per year in India.
"Over 850 million doses of Sputnik V are going to be produced in India annually sufficient to vaccinate more than 425 million people around the world," the RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said in a press statement.
Sputnik V, notably, is one of the three coronavirus vaccines registered by India's regulatory authorities.
The RDIF also informed that India has become the 60th country to approve Sputnik V and is the most populated country to register the Russian vaccine.