The Indian government has ordered its states to quarantine migrant workers for 14 days and prevent the movement of people across borders amid the increased number of Covid-19 infections in the country.
The country has confirmed 979 coronavirus cases, including 25 deaths, reported Gulf News quoting a senior official of the health ministry on Sunday.
Authorities are identifying emerging hot spots and taking cluster containment measures, said the official.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21 day lockdown in the country on Tuesday, there's been a large movement of people out of large cities like the capital New Delhi and the financial center of Mumbai, trying to reach their homes after their work disappeared overnight. This is a violation of lockdown measures to maintain social distance, the home ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
Migrant workers will be kept in state-run quarantine facilities, while the federal government has asked states to provide shelter and food to those stranded due to the lockdown measures.
Television footage showed tens of thousands of desperate migrant workers and their children defying the lockdown to travel on foot along highways to reach their home towns and villages after transport services were stopped.