India reported 18,653 new cases in 24 hours on Wednesday morning, taking the country’s coronavirus count to 5,85,493. The toll from the disease rose by 507 to 17,400. As many as 3,47,978 people have recovered from the coronavirus so far.
The Indian government’s second phase of easing restrictions following the coronavirus lockdown begins on Wednesday. Under this phase, called “Unlock 2”, the operations of domestic flights and passenger trains will be further extended. However, the prohibition on international air travel will continue. Night curfew has been relaxed, and the restrictions for shops and establishments have also been eased.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the free grain distribution scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana will be extended by five months till the end of November.
The global coronavirus tally has crossed the one crore-mark, with 1,04,34,835 cases so far. The toll rose to 5.09 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 53.22 lakh people have recovered.
The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075.