Job loss, tense future spark Mumbai migrant exodus despite government aid
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 Through the day, huge crowds of migrants from UP and Bihar thronged the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, desperate to return home. Among them were daily wagers who worked in shops, restaurants and markets. Besides, there were electricians, carpenters and drivers who found their work drying up.
A consignment of 25 boxes of Covishield vaccine arrived at Raipur from Mumbai. Following Chhattisgarh High Court orders, the stare government had commenced vaccination drive for citizens between 18-44 age groups. The state required vaccines in order to continue the vaccination process.
Amid the disastrous second wave of COVID-19, the Indian Air Force's (IAF) C-17 aircraft, which was airborne from Hindon air base, landed in Frankfurt, Germany for airlifting medical supplies. The aircraft will depart for Mumbai carrying 35 tonnes of medical equipment.
Parents of a 5-month-old baby have managed to raise Rs 16 crore for a life saving injection that their boy needed through crowdfunding. Parents of Dhairyarajsinh Rathod were told their son would not survive as he suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I. Only a Rs 16 cr injection could help.
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As the second Covid wave in India wreaks havoc, migrant workers rush home from Mumbai. Thousands were seen at Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. Speaking to Hindustan Times, some of the migrant workers revealed why they would never return again. A few workers recalled scenes from last year when migrants had to leave on foot for their hometowns. Watch the full video for more details.
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COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Maharashtra as state reported over 68,000 cases on April 19. Migrant workers began to return to their native places from Mumbai amid COVID scare. Workers thronged Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to catch trains on April 19. Currently, Mumbai has 86,688 active cases of COVID-19. The State government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions till May 01 and has also imposed Section 144 in view of spread of coronavirus.
While lockdown-like restrictions are in place in Maharashtra, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus remains crowded. Several migrant workers await their respective trains outside the station. Restrictions were imposed in view of rising COVID cases in Maharashtra.
24 states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have more than 15% positivity rate for COVID-19 in their daily infections, informed Union Health Ministry. "Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar have a high caseload," said Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary (Health) while addressing a press conference in Delhi.
As the number of COVID cases is increasing in Bihar, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey on May 06 said the state government has now given the power to District Magistrate and medical colleges' superintendent to appoint doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for 3 months during this COVID period. "As cases are rising in the state we need more manpower to increase beds in hospitals. District Magistrate and medical colleges' superintendents can now appoint doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for 3 months during this COVID period," Pandey told ANI.