On 4 June, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) released a paper detailing a mathematical model that suggested strategies to ease lockdown restrictions in Mumbai.

Their suggestions, based on the model, were two-fold. 

  1. Mumbai could begin a phased reopening of workplaces, with 20-30% attendance, without overwhelming the city’s medical capacity.
  2. The city’s local trains—used by 7.5 million people every day pre-Covid—could resume with 20% capacity, provided people maintained social distancing and wore masks. 

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Shreedhar Manek

Based in Bangalore, Shreedhar is a Staff Writer for The Ken. He writes on technology, education, human resources and urban mobility. He has a BTech in Computer Science and an MS in Urban Sociology from IIIT Hyderabad.

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