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Al Jazeera 15 Apr 2020

India's migrant workers protest lockdown extension to curb virus

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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 COVID-19 pandemic has taken an especially brutal toll on the world's health workers, who are suffering physical and emotional strain. Community health workers in India have suddenly found themselves on the front line, for an extra 12 Euros a month. These women generally come from weak economic backgrounds and are earning as little as about 12 euros for their efforts against the spread of Covid-19, in addition to just about 36 euros a month that they get for playing a vital part in India's healthcare system. India continues to be in a state of lockdown. The country has increased testing, has been identifying hotspots and establishing containment zones to curb the spread of the virus.
Despite protests to reopen several states, most Americans still support measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new AP-NORC Center poll. However, Republican support for the restrictions is growing thinner as time goes on. (April 22)
The world's biggest lockdown is having a significant impact on millions of migrant workers in India.
Unable to work and faced with the government shutdown of all buses and trains, many have resorted to walking hundreds of kilometres to return to their home states.

Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that steps that the state is taking to limit the spread of the coronavirus are having a positive impact. (April 7)

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