(30 Mar 2020) The exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the new coronavirus lockdown continued in north India.
Thousands of people fled their New Delhi homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown that began on Wednesday.
Construction projects, taxi services, housekeeping and other informal sector employment came to a sudden halt.
Most workers said they couldn't find transportation and decided to walk hundreds of kilometers to get to their destinations.
Modi said the extreme measure was needed to halt the spread of the coronavirus in India, which has confirmed more than 1000 cases and 29 deaths.
India's finance ministry announced a 1.7 trillion (22 billion US dollar) economic stimulus package that will include delivering grains and lentil rations for three months to 800 million people.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.
The new coronavirus has caused a global pandemic that has sickened at least 735,560, killed 34,830 worldwide, crippled economies and forced restrictions on the movement of millions of people in an effort to stop the virus from spreading further and overwhelming health care systems.
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Apr 4, 2020