India raced past Spain on Saturday to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic after a record spike in cases for four consecutive days pushed total infections to over 2,45,670, according to the Johns Hopkins University data.
In less than 24 hours, India surpassed Italy and then Spain to reach the grim milestone. Now, only the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of it.
Spain so far has recorded 2,41,310 cases, according to the university data.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India registered a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases and 294 deaths by Saturday 8 am, pushing the tally to 2,36,657 and the death toll to 6,642. The country registered over 9,000 cases for the third day in a row.
The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 1,15,942.
A total of 1,14,073 people have recovered with 4,611 Covid-19 patients having been cured in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.