Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificate during lockdown, at Jambhulwadi road, near Telco colony, in Pune on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/ HT photo)
Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificate during lockdown, at Jambhulwadi road, near Telco colony, in Pune on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/ HT photo)

India cases cross 50k, public transport may resume soon: Covid-19 news today

Here is a preview of the top Covid-19 news today from India and the world.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 08:03 AM IST

Coronavirus disease cases in India crossed 50,000 with 3,490 infections and 98 fatalities on Wednesday. The last 10,000 cases were reported in three days. Despite the lockdown, Covid-19 doubling rate decreased to 10.3 days from the earlier 11.5 days in a worrying sign. Meanwhile, Union highways and road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said public transport may resume soon with measures related to social distancing and hygiene in place.

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