In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, Bihar government has announced that migrant workers returning from seven specified states will be lodged in quarantine camps.
According to the order by Disaster Management Department, Government of Bihar, migrant labourers coming to Bihar from Surat, Ahmedabad in Gujarat; Mumbai, Pune in Maharashtra; Delhi; Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida in Uttar Pradesh; Kolkata, West Bengal, Gurugram in Haryana and Bengaluru, Karnataka will be kept in quarantine camps.
The order mentioned that the District Magistrates may add on to the current list of states and regions depending on the situation in the coming weeks. Migrant workers making their way back home to Bihar from the above outlined states and cities will be lodged in regional quarantine facilities for 14 days, it stated, adding that asymptomatic migrant labourers will be allowed to go home after the 14-day quarantine and will be required to practice home quarantine for another 7 days.
People returning from other places will be required to undergo home quarantine if they don’t show symptoms of Covid-19, the order read.
The order clearly states that strict social distancing norms will be followed at all quarantine facilities. Standard protocol, as laid down by the Ministry of Health, will be followed in cases where migrant labourers show symptoms of the deadly coronavirus.
So far, Bihar has reported more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus. On Saturday, the state Covid-19 tally jumped to 2,177. Out of the total cases, 629 patients have recovered. The death tally of the state is 11.
On Saturday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 125,000-mark.