Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: At least seven migrant workers in Uttar Pradesh's Basti, who recently returned from Maharashtra, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said a senior official.

Basti District Magistrate (DM) said that the migrant workers arrived in the city from Maharashtra via Jhansi in government buses. 

The migrant workers were quarantined at a college after their return earlier this week and they will now be shifted to a local hospital, the officials said.

This comes days after the Centre allowed the movement of migrants workers, tourists, students and others who were left stranded across the country after the government imposed a lockdown to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Following the central government's order, Uttar Pradesh had started to run special buses to bring back migrants and others. In a statement, the UP government had said that it will run thousands of buses to ferry these migrant workers back to their homes. It had also said that all of the workers would be screened for the dreadful infection.

So far, Uttar Pradesh has reported over 2,000 cases of the novel coronavirus while more than 40 people have died. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 650 people in the state have been cured and discharged from hospitals.  

Meanwhile, the central government also announced that special trains will run to ferry migrant workers, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places because of the lockdown.

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"Movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons, stranded at difference places, is allowed by special trains to be operated by Ministry of Railways (MoR). MoR will designate nodal officer(s) for coordinating with states and UTs for their movement," the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statment.

"MoR will issue detailed guidelines for sale of tickets; and for social distancing and other safety measures to be observed at train stations, train platforms and within the trains," it added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma