In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc and the COVID-19 cases notching higher each day in the country, the Railway Board has on Thursday decided to cancel passenger services including Mail/Express, passenger and suburban services till August 12. However, Special Rajdhani, Special Mail/Express train services shall continue to operate.
Meanwhile, the limited special suburban services which began recently in Mumbai to ferry essential services personnel identified by the local authorities will also continue to run, officials told PTI.
"It has been decided that regular time-tabled passenger services including Mail/Express, passenger and suburban services stand cancelled up to 12.08.2020," the Railway Board said in a statement.
"It has also been decided that all the tickets booked for the regular time-tabled trains for the journey date from 01.07.20 to 12.08.20 also stand cancelled and full refund will be generated," said the Railway Board.
Meanwhile, India registered its worst single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, recording more than 16,000 coronavirus infections, to push the overall tally to 4.73 lakh as the number of fatalities also jumped by 418, the Union Health Ministry said. The ministry said there are 33.39 COVID-19 cases in India for every one lakh population, against the global average of 114.67. Also, the country has 1.06 deaths per lakh population, which is among the lowest in the world, while the global average is 6.24, it said.
(With PTI inputs)