The Indian Health Ministry has reported 58,097 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, doubling the daily tally over the past four days, while health officials said the pandemic’s third wave in the country “has set in.”
The health ministry data showed 534 new deaths on Wednesday, taking that toll to 482,551.
Authorities said infections have been increasing sharply in cities, with the Omicron variant becoming dominant in places like New Delhi.
New Delhi officials have ordered people to stay at home over the coming weekends fearing the city would report at least 10,000 new cases on Wednesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he had tested positive for COVID-19 one day after he addressed an election rally without a mask.
Health ministry officials have said COVID-safety measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing apply to all, including politicians.
India has had more than 35 million cases, the second-highest tally after the United States.
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