An official uses a thermal screening device on Jharkhand CM Hemat Soren in the wake of coronavirus pandemic as he arrives during the ongoing budget session of Jharkhand Assembly, in Ranchi, Monday, March 23, 2020. Image Credit: PTI

New Delhi: India reported a record 286,37 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the country's tally to 849,553 as the death toll climbed to 226,74 with 551 people succumbing to the disease in a day.

The number of recoveries stands at 534,620, while there are 292,258 active cases of the infection currently in the country, data updated on the Union health ministry website showed.

"Thus, around 62.93 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said.

The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.

This is the third consecutive day that COVID-19 cases in the country increased by more than 26,000.

Of the 551 new deaths reported, 223 are from Maharashtra, 70 from Karnataka, 69 from Tamil Nadu, 34 from Delhi, 26 from West Bengal, 24 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Bihar, 10 each from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, nine from Telangana, eight each from Assam and Punjab and seven are from Haryana.

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan reported six deaths each, followed by Odisha with five, Goa with three, Kerala two and Puducherry and Tripura one fatality each.