Published On: Fri, Jun 26th, 2020

India’s coronavirus cases spike again to near half-million

New Delhi: India neared half a million coronavirus cases Friday with its biggest 24-hour spike of 17,296 new infections causing a delay in resumption of regular train services by more than a month.

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait for transportation in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Thursday, June 25, 2020.

The new cases took India’s total to 490,401. The Health Ministry also reported another 407 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 15,301.

The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 57.43%. Also, deaths per 100,000 stood at 1.86 against the world average of 6.24 per 100,000, it said.

The actual numbers of infections and deaths from COVID-19, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons including limited testing.

Indian Railways was due to resume regular train services on June 30 but said Thursday that services wouldn’t fully resume until Aug. 12. Trains had been halted when the government declared a nationwide lockdown in late March.

Special trains linking main cities have been running since mid-May as part of easing of the lockdown.

Domestic flights have resumed on selected routes, but a government decision on restarting international flights is expected next month.

The Associated Press

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