coronavirus update indiaas on : 20 September 2020 06:25 GMT+5:30
In Uttar Pradesh 7 Migrant Test Positive For COVID-19 Who Returned From Maharshtra
The migrants have been isolated at a local hospital in Basti, about 260 km from state capital Lucknow.
In Uttar Pradesh Migrant Test Positive For COVID-19 Who Returned From Maharashtra
New Delhi: In UP daily-wage laborers returned from Maharashtra has been tested positive for highly infectious COVID-19, days after the central government cleared movement of stranded migrants, tourists, and students amid a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus.
The laborers in eastern UP's Basti district, about 260 km from state capital Lucknow, were quarantined at a college after their return earlier this week; they have now been shifted to a local hospital.
The quarantine center is being sanitized. All those who came in contact with these patients are being traced and isolated, according to the officials concerned.
This is reportedly the biggest cluster in the state of migrants who have tested positive for coronavirus after returning to UP.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced nationwide shutdown on March 25 to check the spread of COVID-19, which has infected 37,000 people so far, killed at least 1,200, lakh of migrants were stranded across the country left without jobs trying to cover the journey of hundreds of kilometer on foot to return to their homes as transport services remain shut.
Many heartbreaking stories have emerged from daily wage laborers.
In Uttar Pradesh, which was one of the first states to run special buses to bring back migrants, nearly 2,300 people have so far tested positive for coronavirus; at least 42 have died.
Five weeks after the shutdown began, the central government on Wednesday gave clearance for the movement of stranded laborers, students, and tourists.
After requests from special states for special trains, Indian Railways on Friday announced special "shramik" trains for these laborers. Physical distancing measures will be enforced on the trains.