The social justice minister reached the Anand Vihar area around 12:30 pm and addressed migrant workers, labourers and daily wagers, who usually come to Delhi in search of a livelihood, with the help of a mic installed in his car.
India's ambitious 21-day lockdown is an attempt to promote social distancing and curb the spread of Covid-19, but there are concerns that a large-scale exodus of migrant workers from cities -- which have come to a standstill -- could dilute its effects.
Mother Dairy has doubled its supply of fruits and vegetables in Delhi-NCR at over 300 tonne per day to meet the rising demand amid the nationwide lockdown even as it faces some logistics challenges, a senior company official said. Track live updates on coronavirus here
Amid the nationwide lockdown in the wake of pandemic coronavirus, migrant workers continued to return to their villages in other states. Large number of migrant workers reached Lal Kuan bus stand in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad after walking on foot from Delhi, Gurugram and other places. Hundreds of migrant workers had gathered at Kaushambi Bus Station to take buses to their respective hometowns within the state. However, Centre has asked state governments to provide food, shelter and basic amenities to unorganised sectors’ stranded migrant workers to prevent a nationwide exodus of labourers.
A five-member committee, formed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to chalk out a strategy for COVID-19, has submitted a report factoring in three scenarios: Hundred cases a day in Stage 1; 500 in Stage 2; and 1,000 in Stage 3.
Thousands of patients from different parts of the country are now stuck outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital due to lockdown and say that ambulance drivers are asking for large amount of money to take them back to their hometowns.