Coronavirus India: Metro trains, sports and religious events allowed even though death, infection rates keep climbing

India will reopen its metro train services and allow sports and religious events in a limited manner from next month as part of the government’s efforts to revive the economy, even as coronavirus infections soar.

The underground train network, a lifeline for millions and will be reopened in a phased manner from September 7, the home ministry said.

Adding that social, academic, sports and religious events will be permissible with a maximum of a 100 people from September 21.

However, schools and colleges will remain closed.

In all of the containment zones across the country – areas where the spread of infections is most severe – strict lockdown restrictions will remain in place, the government said.

India has reported a total of 3.46 million coronavirus cases, behind the United States and Brazil in terms of total caseload. But it has reported higher single-day case rises than both those countries for almost two weeks.

On Saturday India reported 76,472 new coronavirus cases. India’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 1,021 taking the total tally to 62,550.

Financial capital, Mumbai recorded 331 deaths, the steepest single-day increase among all states over the past two days.