Coronavirus in India: Air, train travel set to resume, Covid tally crosses 1.06 lakh

India is inching closer to business as usual with announcements of resumption of air and train services within the country even as the number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,06,750 on Wednesday.

The Centre said that with a recovery rate of 39.62 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.2 death per lakh population, India was ahead of the rest of the world in dealing with the Covid crisis. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Health Ministers’ meeting that the country’s policy of micro-identification, mass isolation and quick treatment helped prevent large scale deaths and spread of Covid-19.

Businesses have started to reopen in various parts of the country. Delhi’s neighbouring Gautam Budhh Nagar on Wednesday announced that markets can reopen using the odd-even formula. Delhi has already allowed shops to open on alternative days. Gujarat resumed the state transport bus services, while Haryana decided not to run interstate services and limited its buses within the state.

Movement of buses created a massive political flutter on the UP-Rajasthan border as UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi locked horns over the transportation of migrants. Around 500 buses full of migrants had to turn back from the state’s border as UP did not allow them entry.

Meanwhile, the economic crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic once again became evident on Wednesday as taxi service Ola laid off 1400 employees. The company said that due to the lockdown its revenue has come down by 95 per cent in the last two months.

Nationwide tally

India saw a spike of 5,611 cases of Covid-19 infections and 140 deaths in 24 hours, ending Wednesday morning. The death toll climbed to 3,303 with as many as 140 fatalities.

According to the data by Union Health Ministry, the total number of cases in India reached 1,06,750. These include 61,149 active cases, while 42,298 people recovered or discharged, the health ministry said.

The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too who were tested in India. India’s recovery rate stood at 39.6 per cent on Wednesday.

Maharashtra, the worst hit due to coronavirus, saw over 2,000 cases in 24 hours. The state tally stood at 37,136 infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,448) and Gujarat (12,140).

On Tuesday, India’s tally stood at 1,01,139. While there were 58,802 active cases, the recoveries were at 39,174.

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