Delhi chief minister tests COVID positive

Kejriwal, the most senior elected official in the territory of Delhi, was one of the 37,379 new COVID-19 cases reported in India in the past 24 hours. The daily caseload was the highest since early September as the Omicron coronavirus variant starts to overtake Delta in places like the capital, though authorities say hospitalizations have not spiked yet.

Kejriwal, who addressed the rally in the poll-bound state of Uttarakhand, said in a Twitter post he had isolated at home with mild symptoms and urged those who came in touch with him in recent days to do similar and be tested for COVID-19.

Mega rallies early last year helped Delta wreak havoc in the country, and several states head to elections again in a few months, worrying health experts and the public alike. Local media have reported that even a court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous, has urged authorities to consider delaying the election there.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia also announced a weekend curfew to curb infection spread.

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