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Voice of America 1 Apr 2020

Indian State Government Distribute Food to Migrant Workers


▶️Some state governments in India have started distributing food aid and money on Tuesday, March 31 to migrant workers who are stranded after a 21-day lockdown was imposed to curb the coronavirus spread.

In Lagos, Nigeria, where most of the inhabitants live on their daily wage, the local government distributed food Wednesday, April 1, to ensure people respect a two-week lockdown.
Several protests have broken out in India over the lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic as migrant workers called for food and aid.
The government has promised to help 800 million poor Indians but they say they have been left to fend for themselves.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the nationwide lockdown to May 3.
Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.
The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has sparked controversy after migrant workers, returning home during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, were doused in bleach disinfectant used to sanitize buses.
A rising wave of infections among Singapore's massive migrant worker population threatens to derail the city-state's success in fighting the coronavirus.

About 80% of all cases in Singapore have been linked to the dormitories where low paid migrant workers from South Asia are housed.

Singapore has now sealed off multiple dormitories, as the government carries out extensive testing and tries to move healthy workers out, but questions are being raised about why more wasn't done to protect them.

People living in the dorms said they were scared about getting ill, and about what the future holds for them.

We agreed to protect the identity of the workers who spoke to the BBC.

Edited by Christine Hah

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