New Delhi (CNN) – India is entering a new phase of reopening that will see subway trains running for the first time in months, despite skyrocketing daily coronavirus infections that are showing no sign of slowing down. The country of 1.3 billion people has reported more than 75,000 infections for five consecutive days — the fastest growing caseload of any country in the world.

It recorded 85,687 new Covid-19 infections last Wednesday, the world’s highest single-day spike since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous record of 77,255 cases set by the United States on July 16. India’s infection rate has increased exponentially in recent weeks. It took almost six months for the country to record 1 million cases, another three weeks to hit 2 million, and only 16 more days to hit 3 million. At this rate, India’s total number of cases, now at over 3.6 million, is on track to outnumber that of Brazil to become the second highest in the world, behind the US. But India’s death toll remains relatively row compared to its infection numbers. As of Sunday, India reported 64,469 coronavirus deaths — about half of Brazil’s death toll — with a mortality rate of 1.79%, according to its Health Ministry. As infections soar, the Indian government has continued to lift lockdown measures. On Saturday, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced India will enter a new phase of reopening on September 1 known as “unlock 4.” That includes the resumption of the country’s metro rail services in a “graded manner” from September 7, according to the ministry’s statement. Under the new rules, gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted at sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political events outside of hot-spot areas from September 21, with mandatory face-mask wearing and social distancing measures. Schools and colleges will remain closed until the end of September, although up to 50% of the teaching staff will be allowed to return to campus to teach online courses, and students from Year 9 to 12 can also return on a voluntary basis.

London (CNN Business) India’s economy contracted at the quickest pace on record in the second quarter, as lockdowns that were imposed to help control the spread of coronavirus decimated consumer spending and investment. The economy shrank 23.9% in the three months ending in June, compared with the previous year, according to official statistics released on Monday. The slump in the world’s fifth-largest economy was worse than economists expected, and one of the most severe contractions of any nation as a result of the pandemic.

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