Migrant workers along with their family members wait to board buses to their respective villages, amid a nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Lal Quarter Bus Stand in New Delhi, Sunday
Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE updates: Total number of Covid-19 cases across the world has surpassed 670,000 and there have been over 30,900 coronavirus-related deaths as on Sunday. In India, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached very close to the 1,000 mark, with 25 people dead so far.
Meanwhile, a nationwide lockdown to check the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on thousands of migrant workers in the country’s metro cities, especially New Delhi. “You fear the disease. But I fear hunger more, not corona,” said one of the migrant workers fleeing from the national capital to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke about the 21-day nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus in his radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’. He apologised for the inconvenience caused to citizens but urged them to follow the lockdown and not take the situation lightly. The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 979, according to the Union Health Ministry.