As many as seven migrant workers belonging to Uttar Pradesh, who returned from Maharashtra via Jhansi in government buses to Basti, have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus infection.
The workers, who arrived in Basti last week, were quarantined at a college and have now been shifted to a local hospital. The quarantine centre is being sanitised. All those who came in contact with these patients are being traced and isolated.
The Uttar Pradesh government last Saturday began the process of bringing back migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country, who completed 14 days of quarantine on the orders of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has also issued fresh guidelines for interstate movement to allow stranded migrant labourers, tourists and students to return to their homes.
However, the movement of migrants, tourists and students will be restricted to non-containment zones, MHA said on 29 April.
Migrants stranded at various places across the country owing to the lockdown have been desperate to reach their homes. In one such incident, 18 people were found travelling in the mixer tank of a concrete mixer truck, by police in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. They were travelling from Maharashtra to Lucknow.
Meanwhile, a ‘Shramik Special’ train departed from Maharashtra’s Nashik for Lucknow early today morning carrying around 845 labourers.
Meanwhile, the movement of migrant workers come after the Government of India on Wednesday issued an order to all the States and Union Territories to facilitate Inter-State movement of stranded people in various places.
According to the Health Ministry data, Uttar Pradesh has so far recorded 2,328 Coronavirus cases and 42 deaths.
In order to contain the spread of virus, the government has further extended the lockdown for two more weeks. It was supposed to end on 3 May but has now been extended till 17 May. However, some relaxations will be provided to green and orange zones in the third phase of lockdown.