The death toll climbed to 3,22,512 with 3,617 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Also, 20,80,048 tests were conducted on Friday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 34,11,19,909, the ministry said.
The active cases have further reduced to 22,28,724, comprising 8.04 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 90. 80 percent, it said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,51,78,011 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.16 percent, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crores on May 4.