New Delhi: Coronavirus cases in India continue to spread rapidly as the country has marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally over a major part of the last two weeks.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 2,46,628, according to the latest figures released by the health ministry on Sunday morning.

The death toll in India, too, has climbed to 6,929 as 287 pushed the country's number of casualties due to COVID-19 infection.

In the past 24 hours, 9,971 fresh COVID-19 cases and 287 fatalities were reported. Health ministry's figures showed that there were 1,20,406 active cases in the country while 1,19,292 have recovered.

According to the health ministry data updated this morning, Maharashtra has so far reported 82,968 coronavirus cases, followed Tamil Nadu (30,152), Delhi (27,654), Gujarat (19,592) and Rajasthan (10,331).

With 246,628 cases of coronavirus cases, India has surpassed Spain to claim the fifth spot in the list of countries worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, only the United States, Brazil, Russia, and the United Kingdom are ahead of India in the total number of coronavirus cases.

From Monday (June 8), there would be further relaxation in lockdown including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions would remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.