India's Packed Trains Ready To Roll Again Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases

Cochin Herald|May - June 2020

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India's Packed Trains Ready To Roll Again Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
Tens of thousands of people have booked out seats on Indian trains that are due to restart after a near seven-week lockdown, raising concerns of spreading the coronavirus in the absence of social distancing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is starting to pull back from one of the world's tightest lockdowns of 1.3 billion people that has left millions out of work and stranded in cities far from home while infections keep rising.

State-run railways restarted services from New Delhi to 12 cities including Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru, and within an hour of opening, all seats were booked out online, a spokesman said.

The trains will run full. Reservations have been made for 54,000 passengers, said another official.

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