Mumbai: The migrant workers and their families were seen leaving the city as they headed back to their native places amid the fear of lockdown in view of the sudden spurt in coronavirus infections in Mumbai.
On Thursday, a large number of migrant laborers were seen on the train at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai. “This train will go to Gorakhpur. We are leaving the city as covid-19 cases are increasing here,” ANI quoted a passenger.as saying.
The complete lockdown last year due to covid-19 gave rise to a migrant crisis, which was touted as the country’s largest human exodus since the 1947 partition. Thousands of laborers trapped in urban areas were forced to walk to their hometowns by foot as transportation services remained suspended amid the pandemic.
However, later the Central Government came to their rescue and organised special Shramik Trains for laborers willing back to travel to their hometowns.
Covid situation in Mumbai:
Mumbai reported 8,938 new covid-19 cases on Thursday, while 23 people suffered virus related deaths.
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, the city’s covid-19 tally stood at 4,91,698 with new 8,938 cases, while the death toll crossed 11,874 with 23 more people succumbing to the virus.