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18 Apr 2021

Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times

India: A year later, new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in cities force migrant workers to leave in masses again

"Weekend curfews, restrictions across states spell bad news for migrant workers", 18 April 2021

...The recent spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases across India cast its shadow on trade and business with migrant workers bearing the brunt of strict restrictions put in place by states. Hundreds of migrant workers...were stranded in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur as the government’s...lockdowns affected public transport.

Lockdown like measures introduced by several state governments meant a loss of livelihood for many migrant workers working in India’s major cities. Migrant workers, who form an essential part of any city’s economy, faced difficulties when the Centre imposed its first lockdown in 2020 following the first wave of Covid-19. Most of them were unable to find transport and had to walk home in desperation and many died due to exertion and lack of food.

The recent surge in Covid-19 cases has adversely affected these workers in all major cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Migrant workers in Mumbai after noticing the surge in cases started leaving for their native states starting at the beginning of this month...