New Delhi: With a single-day spike of 73,272 cases, India’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 infections inched towards 70,000 on Saturday. A total of 926 fatalities in the last 24 hours took the death toll to 1,07,416. Of the total 69,79,424 cases, 8,83,185 cases are currently active, 59,88,822 have been cured.  Also Read - Beware! If Found Not Wearing Face Mask, You Could Land up Cleaning Mumbai Roads

As per the health ministry data, the total percentage of active cases is now at 12.94 per cent. The higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 85.52 per cent, while the fatality rate has dropped to 1.54 per cent. Also Read - Dementia and Other Cognitive Disorders May Increase Risk Of Severe COVID-19

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,64,018 sample tests in a single day on Friday. Also Read - Delhi Containment Zones: Total Contained Areas Rise to 3,047 | Check Full List Here

Earlier on Friday, the health ministry had said that the declining trend of the percentage of active cases is commensurately supported by the rising percentage of recovered cases. Recoveries in India have exceeded new cases for three continuous weeks, it said.

It added,”This is the result of collaborative action by states and union territories under the Centre’s strategy of comprehensive testing, tracking, quick hospitalisation and adherence to the standard treatment protocol which has ensured a standardised quality of medical care across public and private hospitals and for home isolation cases.”

Meanwhile, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 15,06,018 cases, including 39,732 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.