India recorded 68,020 new coronavirus cases Monday, another single-day record since last year and the the sixth consecutive day that India has seen a record-high in cases in 2021.
The surge comes as Indians mark the festival of Holi, a celebration of colors, on Monday. Several states have banned public gatherings and the health ministry has asked citizens to celebrate with their family as opposed to venturing outdoors.
India has so far recorded more than 12 million cases of Covid-19. At least 161,843 people have died, according to official data.
The Indian Ministry of Health said that 60,530,435 vaccine doses have been distributed since mid-January.