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India overtakes Brazil to become the second worst-hit coronavirus country as cases top 4.2 million

India overtook Brazil to become the world’s second most country with coronavirus infections, just behind the United States.

India once again reported more than 90,000 new infections on Monday, taking the toll past 4.2 million infections. At this rate India will go past the United States by the next month. U.S. has recorded 6.2 million cases so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is ending most curbs in a bid to resuscitate an economy in deep trouble after a severe lockdown.

Partial metro train services also opened in the national capital Delhi, western city of Ahmedabad, the northern city of Lucknow and several other places after nearly six months of suspension over the pandemic.

The Taj Mahal, the world-famous tourist spot in the northern city of Agra, will reopen on 21st September local authorities said, after its previously scheduled re-opening in July was postponed because of high infection numbers in the area.

Only 5,000 people will be allowed in each day compared to peak levels of 80,000 visitors who would swarm the 17th century mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife.