Surat: Migrant workers go on rampage fearing lockdown extension

Surat: Migrant workers in Surat resorted to violence on the streets on Friday allegedly fearing extension of lockdown.

“Workers here have blocked the roads and even pelted stones. Police were able to reach the spot and have detained around 60-70 people,” said DCP Surat, Rakesh Barot.

Barot said the workers were demanding to go back home.

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Speculation over lockdown extension

This comes amid speculation that the Centre may extend lockdown beyond April 14 after several States, district administrations, and experts have favoured an extension, as hinted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 21-day lockdown was announced on March 24 in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 cases in India

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday informed that India’s total number of COVID-19 positive cases now stand at 6,412. Out of these, 5,709 are active patients and 504 of them have been cured/discharged and migrated. With 30 new deaths reported in the last 12 hours, the toll has reached 199 now.

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