India's Covid tally breaches 1 lakh-mark; migrants’ exodus continues

India's Covid tally breaches 1 lakh-mark; migrants’ exodus continues

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New Delhi, May 19 : India's novel coronavirus tally on Tuesday crossed the grim milestone of one lakh cases, with around 42,000 or over 40 per cent being added in the past 10 days which saw movement of migrants from cities to hinterlands and opening of limited shops and businesses closed since March 25. The tally highlights that over 69,000 cases or 69 per cent of the total infections are fueled from just four states—Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi, indicating that the virus is more concentrated than distributed.

As per the Union Health Ministry, 4,970 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,01,139. The death toll stood at 3,136 with 107 more deaths. As the fatality rate stood low at 3.1 pc, the Union health ministry said India has recorded about 0.2 deaths per lakh population as against the global figure of 4.1. The recovery rate also improved to 38.7 pc after 2,349 more patients were cured, taking the total recoveries to 39,173. But migrants. At least 15 migrants were killed in separate road accidents in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while trying to return to their home states after being left stranded in other states for weeks due to imposition of lockdown.

In Bhagalpur district of Bihar, nine migrants were killed after the truck in which they were travelling collided with another vehicle. They were coming from Bengaluru, as per reports, after they failed to get a train. In another incident, three migrants and a driver were killed after their bus hit a stationary truck in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra. Three women labourers were killed when a truck carrying them overturned on Jhansi-Mirzapur highway in Uttar Pradesh.

They, with several others, were coming from Delhi and covered a part of their journey by foot, reports said. Hundreds of migrant workers gathered at Mumbai's Bandra Terminus to board a 'Shramik special train' bound for Bihar. Later, after the intervention of police as well as concerned authorities, the migrants dispersed but left the mark of their desperation to return to their native place. The incident was a repeat of a similar one that occurred at the very same place last month, when hundreds gathered over the rumours of resumption of train services.

With that, the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to states and union territories to ply more trains for migrants and make the schedule of departure of trains or buses clearer to the public. Lack of clarity about running of trains and buses, coupled with rumours is causing unrest amongst migrant workers, the Ministry said in the communique to States. More (UNI)