Fresh Covid infections hit another single-day peak of over 1.3 lakh on Thursday, the country’s total caseload crossed 13 million (1.3 crore), with the last 1 million cases coming in just 11 days.

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 during the peak of the first wave in September.

India has so far reported 13,057,812 Covid cases, 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 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. 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.