Total number of coronavirus cases in India today crossed the 67,000 cases mark today after 4,213 fresh Covid-19 infections and a total of 97 deaths were reported in past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 67,152 while the death toll due to coronavirus-related complications went up to 2,206. Health ministry figures also show that 20,916 have been cured/discharged, indicating that there are 44,029 active coronavirus patients in the country. 97 people died in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate stood at 31.14 per cent this morning, a significant improvement over 26.59 per cent registered last Sunday. Taking another step towards easing the coronavirus lockdown, India is set to restart limited passenger train service from tomorrow; online bookings start today. The move comes days before the third phase of nationwide lockdown ends on May 17. Passenger services, suspended since the lockdown began March 25, will start with 15 “special” trains (total of 30 journeys) departing from Delhi and connecting cities in Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Tripura, Railways said last night.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers this afternoon to discuss the shutdown. The meeting will be the fifth since the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus started on March 25. States are likely to discuss the economy hit hard by the pandemic.