India’s migrant workers on long walk home amid lockdown Mar 27, 2020 0 378 12345 DPANew DelhiRendered jobless by India’s nationwide lockdown, daily wage workers were leaving cities and trekking long distances to reach their villages amid fears that the reverse migration could result in spreading the deadly virus in the countryside.Millions of day labourers with no prospect of income during the three-week lockdown were running out of food and said their families might fall prey to hunger and starvation before they catch the deadly disease.Groups of migrant workers abandoned caution and risked police anger to walk along empty highways across states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.Police in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening rescued 16 workers who were walking to their native village in the adjoining Bihar state - a distance of 335 kilometres - during the lockdown, area police chief Hemant Kutiyal said.“They walked some 40 kilometres along a railway track. They had not eaten in three to four days and were in a bad shape, some without even footwear. We gave them medical aid and arranged their transport home,” he said.A group of 20 workers on a 36-hour journey from their steel factory to their village covered 80 kilometres in the blazing hot sun, broadcaster NDTV reported.Thousands of migrant workers have crammed into shelters.“My fear is that if they return to their remote villages with no clinics and spread the infections it will become an uncontrollable situation,” senior regional minister Saurabh Bhardwaj told reporters.India has a total of 645 positive cases of Covid-19 and thirteen people have died, according to the Health Ministry. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Christchurch mosque attacks suspect pleads guilty Mar 27, 2020 0 3038 Chinese city eases coronavirus lockdown but life is far from normal Mar 27, 2020 0 395 Pakistan clerics to defy mosque closure amid Covid-19 lockdown Mar 27, 2020 0 88 Hong Kong politician arrested for ‘sedition’ over Facebook post Hong Kong Hong Kong police Thursday arrested an opposition politician under a colonial-era sedition law for allegedly sharing the identity of an officer who fired a baton round that blinded a journalist during protests .. Nine doctors die from coronavirus in Philippines AFP Manila Nine doctors have died in the Philippines from the coronavirus, the country’s top medical association said Thursday, as hospitals were overwhelmed and medics complained about a lack of protection on the .. China cuts international flights, bars foreign residents Beijing China will drastically cut its international flight routes and bar entry to returning foreigners based in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said on Thursday. The country has not .. Virus-stricken cruise ship told to leave Australian waters Sydney A cruise ship stricken by a coronavirus outbreak was told on Thursday to leave Australian waters, days after local infection numbers spiked when passengers on another vessel were allowed to disembark and roam .. Afghanistan to release up to 10,000 prisoners to slow coronavirus spread Kabul Afghanistan has ordered the release of up to 10,000 prisoners -- mostly women, juveniles and sick people -- in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said on Thursday. The move comes after an ..