Meanwhile, under the nationwide vaccination drive, over 99.12 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far in India. 

India's COVID-19 vaccination drive commenced on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.

The country's recovery rate is highest since the beginning of the pandemic and is currently at 98.14 per cent.

India's active caseload stands at 1,89,694, the lowest in 221 days. The active caseload now accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases. It is currently at 0.56 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. 

The daily infection count is lowest in 229 days marking the daily positivity rate at 1.29 per cent. The new cases pushed the cumulative number of COVID cases in the country to 3,40,67,719.

Maharashtra environment minister and Mumbai suburban guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray took to Twitter to share the "good news".

A total of 59,09,35,381 COVID tests have been conducted in the country including 11,00,123 tests conducted on Saturday.

Earlier, it was expected to reach the target between October 10 -12. The delay and decline in vaccination are due to the festival season.

As per data shared by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Friday, over 11 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours with which the total tests conducted so far crossed 58.88 crores.