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The Indian Ministry of Health says almost half of the coronavirus cases reported in India on Tuesday came from five states where people celebrated local festivals.

The Hindu Navaratri Festival, or “Nine Nights”, runs from October 17-25, until the 10th – Dushera. The annual event marks the start of the harvest season, followed by Diwali, the fireworks festival on November 14th.

“During the festival, cases were reported in Kerala, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi,” Rajesh Bhushan, secretary of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, told a news conference on Tuesday.

The case for the best? Despite the increase in cases in the five states, the ideological member led by the government of VK Paul Paul said many people have followed the Covid-19 guidelines during the Navaratri period, and given an overall reduction in infections over the past 24 hours, he is hopeful.

“We have seen that during the holiday season Indians listen to the Prime Minister and follow the guidelines; this is a big thing,” said Paul.

Latest figures: On Tuesday, India reported 36,470 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest level in a single day since July 17.

The UK Home Office announced on Tuesday that it would not impose restrictions again, while supermarkets, restaurants, sports, cinemas, schools and other educational institutions will remain open to the public.

As of Wednesday, India had reported a total of 7,990,322 Covid-19 cases, including 120,010 deaths.