Coronavirus outbreak in India rose by over 50,000 cases on Thursday amid a surging third wave of infections in New Delhi.
The country also reported another 704 fatalities in the last 24 hours, raising its overall death toll to 124,315, reports AP.
Nerves are frayed in New Delhi after it reported a record 6,842 new cases in the past 24 hours.
With 8.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, India is the second worst-hit country behind the United States.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had admitted on Wednesday that the city was going through a third wave of infections. It has more than 37,000 active cases.
The ministry has attributed the surge in New Delhi to the festival season and warned that the situation can worsen due to people crowding markets for festival shopping.
The surge comes as New Delhi appears to be heading for a cold wave, along with the fast-worsening air quality. Health experts are concerned low temperatures and high pollution will worsen the virus outbreak.