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Though India's average daily coronavirus case count has hovered around the 45,000-mark for the better part of November, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued fresh guidelines for states to contain the spread of coronavirus with Covid-safe behaviour, especially within containment zones, starting December 1.
The guidelines - which suggest measures like night curfews - were issued as many smaller states, especially those with fewer or more controlled infection numbers till now, started registering a spike, fanning worry about a possible second wave.
The permission for state governments to imposed localised restrictions and double down on mask wearing came as states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh announced night curfews amid fresh Covid spike after the festival season, compounded by onset of winter, and inter-state movement of patients.
In the run up to the winter months and the festive season, experts had repeatedly cautioned against laxity, warning that active cases could rise exponentially.
NDTV Covid data analysis, based on government figures, shows a slow but steady rise in India's weekly average active case count in November.
During a media briefing after Diwali, when the national average count dropped to around 30,000, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had also said that effects of elections, including bypolls in 11 states, and festivals on the coronavirus pandemic would play out over the next week to 15 days.
Delhi has been adding the biggest numbers to India's Covid tally for the past month, which also saw its highest ever daily case count at 8,600. In the last 24 hours, the city-state registered 5,246 fresh infections with 99 deaths.
In the past day, highest COVID-19 cases were reported from Kerala (6,491), followed by Maharashtra (6,159), Delhi (5,246), West Bengal (3,528) and Rajasthan (3,285).
Highest deaths were recorded in Delhi (99), Maharashtra (65), West Bengal (51), Haryana (42) and Punjab (32).
India remains the second worst-hit country in the world after the United States, which is experiencing a fresh surge with more than 1 lakh daily cases being reported.