Ninety-seven people had lost their lives on board the Shramik Special trains while returning home during the nationwide lockdown, the Centre said on Saturday. Responding to a written query by TMC MP Derek O’Brien, Railway Minister Piyush Goywal provided the data in the Upper House. “Based on the data provided by State Police, 97 persons have been reported dead till 09.09.2020 while travelling on board Shramik Special Trains during current Covid-19 situation/crisis,” the minister said.
India’s single-day recovery outstripped the number of daily infections earlier in the day. Nearly 96,000 people recuperated from Covid-19 even as the total caseload went past 5.3 million, with 93,000 cases in 24 hours alone. At least 1,247 fatalities were registered during the same period, taking the total to 85,619.
At the same time, the country overtook the United States to top the number of recoveries on the global chart, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced.
Globally, over 30 million have been infected, of which, over 20 million have recovered so far. At least 950,434 people have succumbed to the virus so far.