“Over 21 thousand relief camps set up in various States and Union Territories. The camps will provide shelter to over 6 lakh people during the lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Punya Salila Shrivastav.
Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, she said, facilities have been set up to feed over 23 lakh people and these are available to the poor, stranded migrant workers, quarantined workers and other needy persons.
She also said that the Government is using cluster containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in COVID 19 hotspots to check the virus from further spreading.
Migrant workers not be evacuated by employers or landlords: Home Ministry
In an advisory, the Union Home Ministry has asked migrant workers to remain at their regular place of work or local residence within the city during the lockdown period arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. The Home Ministry said they would not be evacuated either by their employer or landlord.
The advisory stated that as some migrant workers have already moved in groups and either reached their destination or in transit, the health actions would be based on the locations where they are currently located. In case of congregation of migrant workers in bus stations and railway stations their names, local residential and permanent addresses and mobile numbers shall be recorded.
The district health administration will depute a team and thermal screening of all such persons shall be done by this team. Persons suffering from fever with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 shall be referred to designated COVID-19 treatment hospital for isolation and testing.
All quarantined persons will undergo daily medical examination for appearance of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Those found to be symptomatic shall be referred to designated hospital for isolation and testing. If the person tests positive, all close contacts shall be segregated and tested as per ICMR testing guidelines.
(With inputs from AIR)