As the Omicron variant overtakes Delta in locations such as New Delhi, India reported 37,379 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.
Infected people include Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who spoke at a election campaign event without a mask on Monday. Similar events are being held across states in the upcoming elections.
In a tweet, Kejriwal announced that he had isolated at home and advised anyone who had contacted him recently to do the same.
Total deaths in the country rose by 124 to 482,017, while infections reached 34.96 million.