Thousands of migrant workers, poor and day laborers continued to move from major cities, including the state capital of Delhi, on Saturday (March 28, 2020) to return to their respective home locations on the fourth day of the 21-day ban to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19 . In several parts of Delhi there was a large crowd of people wanting to return to their hometowns and villages and the arduous walk of several kilometers on foot, even as the coronavirus pandemic affected 918 people across India and over 6.40 lakh infected worldwide.
Given the increasing coronavirus threat due to mass migration, the center authorized all states to use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to provide assistance to migrant workers during the blackout period. According to the new rules of the SDRF, the provision for temporary accommodation, meals, medical healing of clothing, etc. would apply to the homeless, including migrant workers who have been stranded due to blocking measures and are housed in relief camps and other locations, a Ministry of the Interior, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday the PM CARES Fund, a non-profit foundation, for Citizens’ Aid and Emergency Aid. The fund has been set up so that people who want to contribute can take a few simple steps to help the government overcome the big COVID 19 hurdle.
At least 10 migrant workers were killed in two separate incidents in Maharashtra and Telangana when they went back to their hometowns.
Four Rajasthan migrant workers were beaten to death and three seriously injured when they ran at speed as they walked on a freeway in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. Six people were killed in Hyderabad when a truck that brought workers back to their villages in Karnataka was hit by a truck on the outer ring road on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Six other people were injured in the accident when 30 workers who became unemployed due to barriers returned to their villages in the Raichur district of Karnataka.
Corona virus status worldwide
In an initiative to show solidarity with India and other nations, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai flashed among other things because of the Hindu coronavirus pandemic.
Worldwide, the total number of positive cases reached 640,589 and 29,848 people died on Saturday at 11:45 p.m. IST, according to Johns Hopkins University. The past 24 hours have seen a large increase in the number of positive cases and deaths.
The latest figures show that much remains to be done to slow the spread of the virus. The United States is now the world leader in reported infections with more than 110,000 cases, followed by another five most affected countries – Italy, Spain, Germany, Iran and France. Italy has recorded the maximum deaths that exceeded 10,000, while Spain has had over 5,000 deaths and Iran has 2,500 deaths.
“We cannot completely prevent infections at the moment, but we can and must have fewer new infections per day in the near future, a slower spread,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in quarantine at home after her doctor tested positive for the virus, said to her compatriots in an audio message. Merkel appealed to the Germans to be patient. Her chief of staff said Germany, where the authorities have not closed significant deals and banned gatherings of more than two people in public, will not ease its restrictions before April 20.
The virus has already put extreme strain on health systems in Italy, Spain and France. Barriers of varying severity were introduced across Europe, almost emptying streets in normally bustling cities, including Paris, where drone photos showed the city’s eerily abandoned landmarks.
In Spain, where there have been restrictions on staying at home for almost two weeks, 832 more deaths were reported on Saturday, the highest daily number so far. Another 8,000 confirmed infections have increased this number to over 72,000. However, Spanish emergency director Fernando Simon saw a glimmer of hope and found that the infection rate is slowing and the numbers indicate that the outbreak is stabilizing and may be peaking in some areas.
Doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers in the worst affected regions of Spain work continuously and fall ill at an alarming rate. More than 9,000 health workers in the country are infected. “We are completely overwhelmed,” said medic Pablo Rojo at the Dos de Maig hospital in Barcelona. Seven or eight (patients transported today) and all with COVID-19. … and the average age drops. They are no longer 80 years old, they are now 30 and 40 years old. Sometimes you get a bit paranoid, you no longer know when to pick up the phone, whether you cleaned your hands, whether you disinfected them or not. You touch your face with your hands, “said Rojo.
Spain is struggling to get corona virus tests and protective equipment for health workers. The government has launched flights to transport deliveries directly from China to reduce waiting times.
In prosperous Finland, roadblock police began restricting people’s movement to the most affected region, Uusimaa, which includes the capital, Helsinki. In parts of Africa, measures to prevent viruses took a violent turn when countries imposed bans and curfews or sealed off large cities. Kenyan police fired tear gas, and officers captured elsewhere on video beat people with batons.
The countries that are still in trouble are bringing home some citizens who have been stranded by border closures and an almost complete closure of flights abroad. On Saturday, 174 foreign tourists and four Nepalese nationals were flown out at the foot of Mount Everest after being stranded on the only runway that served the highest mountain in the world.
The impact of the outbreak was felt by the powerful and the poor alike. On March 27, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first leader in a large country to test positive for the virus. He said he would continue to work from the self-quarantine.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that improve in two to three weeks. In others, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause more serious diseases, including pneumonia, and lead to death. According to Johns Hopkins, more than 135,000 people have recovered.