India sees jump in Covid-19 cases after Diwali; Tibetan cases hit 1200, detected for the first time at CTA

Diwali celebrations in Mumbai. (Photo courtesy: Mid-Day)

(, Nov18’20) – India saw a 32% jump in Covid-19 cases on its first day after the Diwali weekend. This, however, reflected increased testing, which finally touched 9.3 lakh after dropping to about 8 lakh over the weekend because of Diwali festivities, reported Nov 18.

The report also noted that on Nov 17, India’s the Health Ministry had warned that the country was yet to see the effects of laxity in following Covid-safe behaviour during the Diwali festivities and the recently concluded state elections in Bihar and bypolls elsewhere. The effects will play out over the next week to 15 days, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was cited as saying.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in Delhi remained grim, with the latest surge leaving the healthcare system gasping for relief, reported the IANS Nov 18. The situation has forced the Delhi government to reconsider imposing market restrictions it lifted months ago.

However, over the last two days, Delhi has reported about half the numbers it had been reporting for the last two weeks. But that is most likely a result of low testing than any rapid significant decline in the spread of the disease. For the last two days Delhi has carried out less than half the tests it was doing earlier, noted the Nov 18.


The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 38,671 new cases and 474 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Nov 18 at 8AM, taking their cumulative totals to 8,912,907 cases and 130,993 deaths.

A total of 8,335,109, or 93.52%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 446,805, or 5.01% of the total. The case fatality rate was 1.47%. These continued to be improvements over the previous day’s figures.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 38,671, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 44,739, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 6,596.

The number of active cases fell below five lakh for the eighth successive day after remaining below six lakh for 12 consecutive days.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the third highest number of deaths.


Eight states, namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and West Bengal had each accumulated more than 438,000 cases each in that order.

They were followed by seven other states with more than 204,000 cases each and which included, Odisha, Telangana, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Assam, and Haryana in that order.

Five more states/ Union Territories, namely Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Jammu & Kashmir had reported more than 103,000 cases each so far in that order.

Ten more states/Union Territories, namely Uttarakhand, Goa, Puducherry, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Chandigarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Nagaland reported more than 10,000 cases each in that order.

Besides, there were six other states/Union Territories with a total of more than 3,000 cases each, namely, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sikkim, Mizoram, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and in that order.

Maharashtra also had the most number of deaths at 46,102 (↑68); followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with more than 11,500 deaths each; Delhi, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh with over 7,400 deaths each; Andhra Pradesh with over 6,800 deaths; Punjab with more than 4,500 death; Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with more than 3,100 deaths each; Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Haryana with more than 2,000 deaths each; Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha, Telangana, Bihar, and Uttarakhand with more than 1100 deaths each; Assam, Jharkhand, Goa, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Chandigarh and Manipur with between 966 and 225 deaths each, and so on in that order.


After remaining unchanged for four days, the total number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan had increased to 1,200 (↑35), of whom 325 were active, 846 had recovered and 29 (↑3) had died, according to the latest tally of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) as of Nov 17.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases have been reported for the first time among the staff of the CTA at its Dharamsala secretariat.

“We have detected two Covid-19 cases; one was reported from the quarantine center and another from the CTA premises,” CTA’s Health Department Secretary Mr Palden Dhondup has said Nov 17.

All the 88 CTA staff who had contact with the infected Tibet Museum staff were being tested while the offices of the CTA, except the Health Department, were set to remain closed for over a week. The staff detected with Covid-9 infection from the quarantine centre had returned from an official photography assignment in Varanasi.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases has totaled 55,645,915 and the deaths 1,338,668, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 1:56 PM on Nov 18, 2020.


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