The capital is the worst-hit city in India, with new infections threatening to overload the health care system. Total infections have now passed the 15 million mark — approaching the number in the United States, the world's worst-hit country.
A total of 178,769 people have now been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, also a record increase of 1,619 over the day before.
Despite the surge in infections, religious festivals and election rallies drawing thousands have continued, leading to criticism of the government's management of the pandemic.
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