The time taken for the count to rise from 12 million to 13 million equalled the record for the fastest 1-million increase in cases, when the count rose from 4 million to 5 million in 11 days during the peak of the first wave in September.
India has so far reported 13,057,812 cases of the coronavirus, the third highest total in the world after the US (31.6 million) and Brazil (13.2 million).
India has been logging the highest daily cases of the virus over the past few days.
On Thursday, the country reported 1,31,918 new cases, beating the previous highest of 1.26 lakh recorded the previous day. This was the fourth fresh peak in daily cases since the count topped the 1 lakh mark on Sunday amid a surge in the pandemic numbers across the country.
Thursday’s Covid death toll rose to 802, which was the first time in 173 days since October 17 last year that the daily casualty count had exceeded 800.
Maharashtra alone recorded 376 deaths in the last 24 hours, followed by Chhattisgarh, where as many as 94 fatalities were reported. Punjab recorded 56 deaths, Uttar Pradesh 39, Karnataka 36, Gujarat 35, Madhya Pradesh 27 and Delhi 24.
As many as five states logged their biggest ever single-day surge in Covid cases, evidence that the pandemic’s second wave was now raging across most of the country.
The five states were Chhattisgarh, where 10,652 fresh cases were detected, marginally higher than Wednesday’s all-time high of 10,310.
Fresh cases in Uttar Pradesh touched a new peak of 8,490 for the first time since the first wave. Similarly, Rajasthan reported a new high of 3,526 while Gujarat cases topped 4,000 for the first time at 4,021. Madhya Pradesh’s tally climbed yet again to 4,324.
Twelve other states reported their daily surge of cases in 2021, including Delhi (7,437 cases, highest since November 19), Tamil Nadu (4,276, highest since October 17), Haryana (2,872, November 20),
Bengal (2,783, December 10), Andhra Pradesh (2,558, November 5), Telangana (2,055, October 7), Bihar (1,911, September 4) and Jharkhand (1,882, highest since September 9).
Infections have been rising in Kerala as well. The state logged 4,353 new cases on Thursday, the most since February 20.