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Sky News 29 Mar 2020

Coronavirus fear grips workers in India


Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in India have joined a mass exodus from major urban centres back to the countryside, amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

General Motors workers in Warren, Michigan, make masks Thursday, April 23, to stem shortages of protective gear and equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Police with batons attacked hundreds of unemployed migrant workers demanding trains take them to their villages in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 14, amid a nationwide lockdown.

India has deployed special trains to carry stranded workers and other passengers back to their home states amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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It's been a week since India began the world's biggest lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The country has around 1,600 infections so far, but scientists fear the number could be much higher because of low testing rates.
Health workers in New Delhi are trying to track down at least 2,000 people who stayed at the headquarters of a muslim group, after seven people died of Covid-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shutdown order caught many by surprise.
Millions of migrant workers are struggling to return to their home villages.
And self-isolation isn't an option for millions who live in cramped spaces with poor sanitation.

So what can be done to lessen the impact?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Barkha Dutt - Television Journalist and Newspaper Columnist.

Chandra Bhushan - Chief Executive of the International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology.

Meenakshi Ganguly - South Asia Director at Human Rights Watch.

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