Domestic air travel will resume in India on May 25 after a two-month shutdown imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus, the aviation minister said Wednesday, in a further easing of national lockdown restrictions.
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“All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter. Mumbai authorities are looking to requisition thousands of private hospital beds, with state-run care facilities overwhelmed in the city of 20 million people.
No indication, was given when international travel would resume.”A plan is under consideration to take over 80 percent of beds in private hospitals for non-COVID cases,” Mumbai city spokesperson Vijay Khabale-Patil told AFP.
An additional 200 passenger services 100 pairs of trains operating to and from major and some smaller cities would resume from June 1, Indian Railways said late Wednesday, adding that online bookings would start from Thursday.
The announcement comes the same day as the country of 1.3 billion people reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections, with 5,611 new cases recorded in 24 hours.
It took the total to 106,750, with financial capital Mumbai the worst-hit city, according to government figures.
More than 3,300 people have died though unofficial estimates are higher
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