Up to 50,000 migrant workers returned to Bihar the day before the nationwide blockade began on March 25.
Bihar has stepped up its efforts to check everyone.
State Department of Health officials admitted that the massive influx of workers has made it difficult to quarantine each of them. This poses a challenge to the spread in the community if one of them is found to be infected with the deadly novel corona virus.
Some of the migrant workers have disregarded the self-quarantine advice.
The Bihar government has bought 15,000 thermal screens and a massive effort is underway to screen all of these migrants.
They were also instructed to stay in village schools or panchayat bhawans to serve as self-quarantine centers.
So far, 909 people have been isolated across Bihar.
The maximum number of quarantined people is in the Gopalganj district, where 172 people were observed, followed by 100 in Patna.
After the Bihar government has already registered a novel coronavirus death and six positive cases, it is taking no risks.
The 38-year-old Md Saif from Munger with a recent travel story from Qatar died on Saturday after being infected with the virus.
Later, two people, a Saif family member and a neighborhood teenager, were found positive. A total of 59 people who were in close contact with the deceased were placed in quarantine.
The state government has designated the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna as a node hospital.
Only suspected and positive cases of Covid-19 are treated.
The state government has already decided to pay additional monthly salaries to doctors and other Ministry of Health workers who work overtime to help the state contain the crisis.
The Nitish government grants 1.68 crore ration cardholders free monthly rations in addition to transferring Rs 1,000 to each of them.
The government will also pay 1,000 rupees each to approximately 13 lakh registered construction workers. In addition, 87 Lakh pensioners receive a pension three months in advance.
A good number of villagers across the state are coordinating with panchayat and block officials to turn schools and panchayat buildings into isolation stations.
BIHAR CONCEIVED A MASSIVE CRISIS
It is not just the migrants returning home that are challenging. Managing the 1,751 km of permeable Indian-Nepalese borders and monitoring the 6,364 villages bordering the neighboring country with numerous open transit points is proving to be a difficult task.
The state police have now confiscated 531 vehicles, 41 FIRs and even arrested nine people for violating the nationwide ban.
The Nitish government is aware of the critical supply chain of essential goods and can be disrupted by the cessation of vehicle traffic. It has excluded food production as well as the processing and packaging industry from being blocked.
Bihar receives rice from West Bengal, legumes from Katni and Satna in Madhya Pradesh and mustard oil from Rajasthan.
Now the State Police have been ordered not to stop trucks carrying food to Bihar.