New Delhi: In the wake of rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, Indian Railways  cancelled all regular mail, express, passenger and suburban services till August 12. However, special trains – 15 pairs (30) running on the Rajdhani routes from May 12 and another 100 pairs running since June 1 would continue to run.Also Read - Chandigarh Schools, Colleges to Reopen from This Date, Vaccination Must | Details Here

The announcement by the Railways came on a day when India recorded biggest single-day jump of close to 17,000 infections. Earlier on Thursday, COVID-19 cases rose by the highest-ever number of 16,922 to reach 4,73,105, while the death toll climbed to 14,894 with 418 new fatalities. This was the sixth consecutive day when coronavirus cases increased by more than 14,000. Also Read - RRB NTPC Results Row: After Violence in Bihar, Railways Issues FAQs to Clear Doubts of Aspirants

Consequently, India has added 92,573 cases since June 20, and over 2.82 lakh this month alone since June 1. However, the recovery rate has improved to 57.43 per cent, according to the Health ministry. Also Read - Vaccination, Infection May Lower Long COVID Symptoms: Study

Meanwhile, a central team led by Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal will visit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana between June 26 and 29 to coordinate with the state officials in strengthening COVID-19 management efforts in those areas. According to officials, the team will also review the measures undertaken by the states for containment of COVID-19.

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    It may be difficult to save very serious patients using plasma therapy, but it can help moderate patients by not letting their condition worsen. This is what we have found till now, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

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