The number of coronavirus cases in India has rapidly increased from the last one month and the number continues to rise. Amid this situation, the Indian Railways announced to refund all tickets for regular trains between July 1 and Aug 12. The community spread has even increased after the government started relaxing some of the restrictions imposed in March. The railways said it will only run special trains announced in May and June.
At the end of March, just like other services, railway services were also closed except for some essential cargo. India went on under a complete lockdown to combat spreading the virus that has killed millions all over the world and froze almost all economic activity, and leaving crores of people workless all over the world.
The Indian Railways declared that the number of special passenger trains running in the country will be increased from 30 to 200. Among them 15 pairs of trains running on the Rajdhani routes since May 12 and 100 pairs operating since June 1.
Railway officials said they wanted to refund all tickets booked for regular time as there is no exact information when all the services will be resumed. Before the lockdown, nearly 2 crore people used to travel by train and around 12,000 trains daily used to do the job. Mumbai has recently started to start some limited special suburban services carrying essential services personnel identified by local authorities.
All the passengers have to go through thermal screening before boarding the train, as per the Home Ministry for travel. After boarding the train, the passengers were asked to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and also use hand sanitizers.
On Friday, India registered its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases. It recorded 17,296 infections and 407 deaths in the last 24 hours. The new cases took the total tally to 4,90,401 lakh as the number of fatalities touched 15,301.