India recorded 261,500 new Covid-19 cases — a new record — and 1,501 deaths in the past 24 hours, the government said on Sunday.

With 1,341 fatalities reported on Saturday, it means 2,842 died in 48 hours.

However, new cases reported on Sunday made it the fourth consecutive day that the country recorded over 200,000 cases.

India has recorded 1,47,88,109 active cases since the beginning of the outbreak last year, while active cases stand at 18,01,316. The death toll from the viral infection is 177,150, and the total recoveries are 1,28,09643.