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32 more passengers infected after travelling in the Mumbai-Haridwar “Shramik Special” train

The situation turns grim as a day after 55 passengers on the Mumbai-Haridwar “Shramik Special” train tested positive for coronavirus. To make matters worse, 32 more passengers have been infected.

32 more passengers infected after travelling in the Mumbai-Haridwar “Shramik Special” train
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The situation turns grim as a day after 55 passengers travelling in the Mumbai-Haridwar “Shramik Special” train tests positive for coronavirus. To make matters worse, 32 more passengers have been infected.

Mumbai, on Sunday, Crossed the 30,000-mark as the city reported 1725 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 39 deaths, as per BMC report. The BMC has reported that the overall COVID-19 growth rate in the city from May 16 to May 22 was 6.61%.

The health officials monitoring the situation further stated that there are chances of a rapid spike in the number of cases as reports for over 3,000 tests are still pending. They further asserted that on May 20, 2020, around 1,500 passengers of the special train de-boarded at the Haridwar Railway Station, Uttarakhand.

After initial scanning as per the protocol, the passengers were sent to various districts in around 15 buses. So far, the passengers who tested for the coronavirus travelled on buses headed towards Almora, Nainital and Bageshwar. Karnataka also witnessed a substantial increase in COVID-19 infections as several returnees from Maharashtra travelling via Shramik special trains in the last few days tested positive.

As the state of Maharashtra has entered the fourth phase of its lockdown, it has divided its COVID-19 zones as “red zones” and “non-red zones", instead of red, orange, and green zones which is based on death count and doubling rate. As per the new definition, Maharashtra's red zones are Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgoan, Akola and Amravati, while the rest of the state are non-red zones. While stringent restrictions are prevalent in the previous red zones, the rest of the state has been allowed to open up as per MHA's Lockdown 4.0 guidelines. This has witnessed an increase in the cases of coronavirus which has proven to be worrisome for the state.

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