Migrants at ISBT, Sector 43, Chandigarh, wait for their turn to go home in Bihar.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India Updates: The Centre has launched an online dashboard to monitor and facilitate the smooth movement of migrant workers and their contact-tracing during lockdown across the country. In a communication to all states and union territories, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the central government has already allowed the movement of migrant workers by buses and Shramik Special trains to enable them to travel to their native places.
The movement of migrant workers has become a humanitarian crisis after the government’s decision to announce nationwide lockdown, with thousands of them walking on roads and railways tracks for hundreds of kilometres to reach back to their home states. Read in Malayalam | Tamil
With India crossing the coronavirus tally of China, signs of a second wave have cropped up in the country. States like Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa had either stopped reporting new cases, or were reporting very few. In the last couple of days, however, there has been a noticeable rise in these states. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday put out the fresh number of coronavirus cases in the country. The cases have crossed the 85,000-mark, settling at 85,940. At least 30,152 have been cured from the virus infection. The death toll is at 2,752, with the highest deaths reported from Maharashtra (1068).
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US President Donald Trump has said he "stands with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during this pandemic".(Source: White House)
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India Live Updates: A total of 15 Railway Ministry officials have been placed in 14-day quarantine after a langoor handler in Rail Bhawan tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. The names of the quarantined officials have been circulated internally for awareness. The man, who brought the langoor inside the ministry premises to scare the monkeys away as a matter of government policy, had been coming to the ministry till May 4, a discovery by senior ministry officials have found.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said the US will donate ventilators to India to help it fight the pandemic in the country. Taking to Twitter, Trump said the country will donate ventilators to “our friends in India” as it “stands with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during this pandemic.” The US is also cooperating with India on vaccine development, he said, adding “Together we will beat the invisible enemy!”
Last month, Trump had warned India of retaliation if it does not supply the essential hydroxychloroquine drug to the US to treat COVID-19. India had subsequently revoked the export ban on HCQ and sent 29 million of the drug to the US.
Trump had then thanked PM Modi for his “strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity” in the fight against the new coronavirus.” He had further thanked India “and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ,” adding that it “will not be forgotten.”
Indians stranded in Singapore aboard a Singapore-Delhi Air India flight. (Twitter/India in Singapore)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday thanked US President Donald Trump for his decision of donating ventilators to India and said that this step gives more power to the friendship between India and US. "Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19. More power to India - United States friendship!" PM Modi tweeted.
The central government, meanwhile, is expected to take a call sometime over the next one week on when to resume flight operations. To this extent, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has already reached out to various stakeholders including airlines, airports and ground-handling firms to begin laying the ground for restarting flights.
When will the flights start?
The government is learnt to have told airlines that the carriers and the customers will be given time of 10 days to make commercial and technical preparations before the green signal to restart flights is given. Consequently, senior officials in the government and airlines expect commercial scheduled flights to resume sometime during the next one month.
To what destinations will flights operate?
Initially, the repatriation mission being conducted by Air India is expected to be extended on domestic routes. Currently, only international passengers are flying on these flights. Once, sufficient number of repatriation flights are operated on domestic routes, other private airlines may be allowed to fly between airports that are situated in green zones. However, airlines have expressed concern that these airports may not provide necessary passenger loads for flights to be commercially viable. Most major centres such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, etc are still classified as red zones.