India’s Union Territory of Delhi, which includes the nation's capital, New Delhi, reported 7,745 new coronavirus cases Sunday -- a single-day record for the region, which is now the epicenter of the country's pandemic.
Since the pandemic began, 438,529 cases have been identified in Delhi, killing at least 6,989 people. Nearly 42,000 cases are considered active, according to the Delhi Health Department.
On Friday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted the government will increase the number of beds for Covid-19 patients in Delhi government hospitals, a move he said was “paramount" to combating the spike in cases.
India's previous epicenter was the western portion of the state of Maharashtra, which is home to the megacity of Mumbai.
Nationwide numbers: India recorded 45,903 new Covid-19 cases and 490 virus-related deaths on Sunday, according to figures released by the Indian Health Ministry.
Since the pandemic began, 8,553,657 cases have been confirmed. Nearly 92.5% of those patients have recovered, while about 6% are active cases. At least 126,611 people have died.