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Finally, the second phase of the coronavirus lockdown has begun in India.

With the Prime Minister reiterating on strict measures further, the authorities are on high alert to contain the spreading virus.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 positive cases has increased to 11,400 with more than 1000 cases reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Health Ministry.

A total of 377 deaths have been reported so far as of April 15, 2020, with maximum fatalities in Maharashtra (167 cases).

Coming to the positive cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state with 2,687 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,204), Telangana (624), Rajasthan (969), Madhya Pradesh (730) and Gujarat (650), among others.

Migrant Concerns Trigger Clashes

Migrant Concerns Trigger Clashes

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Narendra’s announcement over COVID-19 lockdown extension has triggered wide range of protests across the country.

Migrants across different cities like Mumbai, Surat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad raised arguments demanding the government to let them go to their native places.

Hundreds of migrant workers took onto roads hours after the PM’s announcement. While some indulged in desperate acts like walking on railway tracks, some even attempted to take their bikes to travel thousands of kilometers before authorities blocked them.

In Mumbai’s Bandra (W), there was a clash between police personnel and thousands of migrant workers who protested against the PM’s announcement.

According to police, around 1500 migrants gathered on roads in a matter of 10 minutes owing to the rumors that the rail transport would resume.

In Mumbra, hundreds demanded the authorities to send them back home stating they were deprived of food and essentials.

In Surat, 1000s of workers blocked an entire street of the densely populated Baroda Pristage locality.

Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu reported similar incidents wth hundreds of migrants tried to avoid roadways to avoid police force and took railway tracks to walk back to their home.

As per the reports, around 180,000 locals people returned to Bihar since the lockdown began and more than 27,000 were kept in quarantine.

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Posted by IndianEra, 15/04/2020