New Delhi: A day after India recorded the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in the last four and half months with 46,951 new infections, the new cases reported in the past 24 hours decreased to 40,715, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The new coronavirus cases take the nationwide infection tally to 1,16,86,796. As many as 199 deaths recorded were reported across India in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll due to the pandemic to 1,60,166. Also Read - Second Wave of Coronavirus in India Could be 'Severe', Warns AIIMS Chief Randeep Guleria; Holds Mutant Strain, People's Laxity Responsible For Spike in Cases

Out of the 199 fresh fatalities, 58 each were reported from Maharashtra and Punjab, 12 each from Kerala and Chhattisgarh, and 10 each from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Also Read - With Nearly 47,000 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, India Records Highest Single-Day Spike Since Early November

The active caseload now comprises 2.96 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 95.67 per cent, the health ministry data updated at 8 am stated. Also Read - India Records Highest Single-Day COVID Spike in Over 3 Months With 35,871 Fresh Cases

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,11,81,253, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.37 per cent, the data stated.

According to the Health Ministry on Monday, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are exhibiting a steep rise in daily cases.

With the deaths of 212 more people on Monday across the country, the toll reached 1,59,967. The active caseload in the country mounted to 3,34,646.

A single-day spike of 47,905 new infections was recorded on November 11. The country was registering an increase in cases for the last 12 days continuously.

With the discharge of 21,180 patients in a day, a total of 1,11,51,468 persons have so far been discharged. A total of 8,80,655 tests left hospitals on Sunday.

So far, 4.50 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for Covishield and Covaxin.

The central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with states and union territories over the rising cases in the country.

(With inputs from agencies)