Nevertheless, the country's new daily cases have seen a steady decline for weeks now and the total number of cases represents 0.6 per cent of India's 1.3 billion population.
The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in India has risen by nearly 50 per cent in two days, in the week following the major Hindu festival of Diwali, with a record number of fatalities in the capital of New Delhi.
According to the Delhi Health Department, 6,685 people recovered from the coronavirus today and the total recoveries now has gone up to 4,59,368.
"At times when words alone don't do the trick, we have to get a bit tougher", chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news conference, also tweeting that the city of 20 million was on a "war footing".
Few people wear masks - particularly outside large cities - and in recent weeks shoppers have thronged markets in preparations for a series of religious festivals.
According to data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics, India has reported 90,04,259 cases and 1,32,220 deaths (including co-morbid fatalities).
Today is the 242nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. With this, the state's recovery count increased to 16,35,971.
In Delhi, nearly 500,000 people have been fined since June for not wearing masks, 370,000 for ignoring social distancing rules and 3,500 for spitting. The tally further stated that the number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 in the USA rose by 78,630 by Wednesday afternoon, the country's highest for a single-day. The hospitals in Delhi, both government and private hospitals, as of now, are left with only nine per cent ICU beds with ventilators, which are extremely crucial for patients with severe disease, as per the Delhi Corona App.