Migrants leave Mumbai packed in trains fearing another lockdown

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, trains at Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus were seen packed with migrant workers as they feared an impending lock down. 

A migrant worker who was travelling in an Uttar Pradesh bound train said, “This train will go to Gorakhpur. We’re leaving the city because COVID-19 cases are rising here.” Taking cognizance of the emerging situation, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had a word with the officials and asked them to allay the fear of the migrants and monitor the COVID-19 situation. He said to the reporters, “Many of them fear that a lock down will be imposed in the state due to rising COVID cases. However, our state government has no such plans. We do not want businesses or small businessmen to incur losses. Many of them have not even got themselves tested for COVID-19 and have boarded the train illegally. We are looking into the situation. However, I can assure you that none of them can return back to our state without showing a COVID negative report”, he said. 

Another migrant worker said “We are leaving for our hometown in Uttar Pradesh. As of now, there is a night curfew in place. It is very likely that a lock down will be put into place. To avoid chaos like the previous lock down, we are travelling back to our native place. Not sure when, whether we will come back here.” 

Due to a sharp rise in COVID cases, Mumbai’s BMC on Thursday imposed a weekend lock down in the city until further orders. 

With 1,26,789 new cases in the last 24 hours, India’s active caseload reached 9,10,319 on Thursday. 

India reported 59,258 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,18,51,393. The National recovery rate stands at 91.67 per cent. 

Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have shown a rise in daily new cases of COVID-19. A total of 84.21 per cent cases are coming from these 10 states. 

Maharashtra reported 56,286 new COVID-19 cases, 36,130 recoveries, and 376 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Thursday. 

According to the state government’s data, the active number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 5,21,317. 

Out of 56,286 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, 8,938 cases were reported in Mumbai and 12,090 in Pune. The total count of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai now stands at 4,91,698 while the active COVID-19 cases in Pune is mounted to 89,598. 

As a sign of relief, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 9.40 crore yesterday. A total of 9,40,96,689 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 8 pm yesterday.

– With ANI input


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