Nearly 1 lakh migrant workers who have returned to Uttar Pradesh from other states amid the coronavirus-related lockdown will have to stay in quarantine camps for 14 days, the government said on Saturday. The mass exodus of thousands of migrant workers, who are leaving for their hometowns in packed buses, has sparked fears about the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
Chief Minister Adityanath on Saturday ordered officials to keep in quarantine nearly 1 lakh people who have arrived in the state in the last three days, PTI reported. He also instructed officials that the essential needs of people kept in quarantine must be fulfilled. District authorities have been given their names, addresses and phone numbers.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, meanwhile, appealed to people to avoid traveling and said that those coming to Uttar Pradesh will not be allowed to go home and will be kept in government-run quarantine camps. “No one will return home from Delhi, you will have to stay in government camps, not in your homes and villages, for 14 days,” he tweeted. “The government will cater to all your needs.”