India’s growing burden of cases made the Asian giant the second hardest hit by the outbreak after the United States on Monday, as its efforts to avert economic catastrophe became more urgent.
The cases added to 90,802 in the past 24 hours brought the total number of Brazilian cases in India to 4.2 million. India is now just behind the United States, which has more than 6 million. On Monday, India’s health ministry announced 1,016 out of a total of 71,642 deaths, the third-highest national figure.
India is experiencing the world’s largest daily increase in coronavirus cases, for nearly a month. Although there were more than 2 million new cases of infection last month and the virus has spread to small towns and villages across the country, the Indian government has continued to ease restrictions in an attempt to revive the economy.
On Monday, the Delhi Metro, a rapid transit system that services the Indian capital New Delhi and adjacent areas, resumed operations five months later.
Only people without symptoms were allowed to board express trains, with the imposition of masks, social distancing, and temperature control.
“We are on our way. It has been 169 days since we saw you! , The official Delhi Metro account tweeted on Twitter.
The capital’s metro network is the largest express transportation network in India. Before it closed in March, crowded trains carried an average of 2.6 million passengers per day.
Its reopening comes at a time when India is suffering from the world’s fastest-growing coronavirus crisis and the economy is contracting faster than any other major country.