50 migrant labourers test corona positive in UP district

Source : IANS
Author : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, May 19th, 2020, 17:38:44hrs

Basti, May 19 (IANS) More than 50 labourers who had arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Basti district last week from Maharashtra, have now tested positive for coronavirus.

Basti District Magistrate Ashutosh Niranjan told IANS on Tuesday that the report of the workers was received in the afternoon. He said that the tally of corona cases in the district has gone up to 104, of which 74 are active cases.

He said that while some of the workers who have tested positive are in institutional quarantine, some have been in home quarantine.

"We will now shift them to the level-1 Covid hospital in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and will then trace their contacts. We will also find out the places in Maharashtra from where they have come," the DM said.

With 50 migrants testing positive for the Corona virus in one district, the situation is a cause for concern.

A senior health official said: "Our fears seem to be coming true. If migrants are bringing the infection in such large numbers, the Covid tally is bound to spurt in the coming days."