03:09 GMT28 January 2021
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    To prevent a rise in coronavirus cases, several Indian state governments including, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha imposed restrictions and a curfew on New Year's Eve. The curfew restricted people from going out and celebrating.

    India's most-used food delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy witnessed an unprecedented rise in the number of orders on New Year's Eve. In a series of tweets, Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal shared that orders per minute had grown to 4,100.

    ​Goyal also shared that Indians are ordering pizzas and Biryani in huge numbers from food delivery platforms.

    On Thursday, at 7:53 p.m. (Indian time), he tweeted to share that it’s going insane, with 140,000 orders till that time.

    ​Zomato chief Goyal said the order’s velocity was the highest the app had seen in its history. It started at 2,500 orders per minute at 6:14 pm and peaked at 4,100 orders per minute at 8:22 pm. The average order value crossed Rs 500.

    Another food delivery app, Swiggy, has not shared its data, but according to ET Now, a news channel, Swiggy saw a considerable spike after 4:30 pm on New Year's eve and continued to surge, crossing 4,000 orders per minute.

    Although the Covid-induced national lockdown and various restrictions later on have dealt a big blow to the hospitality industry across India, including food tech giants, people have remained cautious about ordering food and eating outside. But it seems there has been a bounce back since the Indian festival Diwali and IPL cricket tournament last month.

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