The number of people who responded to knowing at least one contact is significantly higher than it was in May when India was still largely under a stringent lockdown.

Now, with the festival season that began with Dussehra on Oct. 25 and concluded with Diwali on Nov. 14, cities like Delhi have been experiencing an unprecedented surge in the number of new coronavirus cases.

There is also a significant jump in the number of Indians who know five or more people in their social circle who have tested positive for the virus. With cooler temperatures and air pollution in the northern regions of India, the fear is that the Covid-19 numbers would only keep rising.

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