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UP govt to bring back stranded labourers: Yogi Adityanath

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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday directed his state officials to prepare an action plan to bring back labourers from the state who are stranded in other parts of the country because of the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak.

In a review meeting with the senior officials in Lucknow, Adityananth asked them to prepare a list of people stuck in other states and have completed 14-day quarantine there so that they can be brought home in a phased manner.

“Uttar Pradesh will bring back its labourers stuck in other states. The labourers who have completed 14-day quarantine there should be brought back in a phased manner,” said an official release quoting the chief minister.

“The labourers, after being brought up to UP border by the states concerned after screening and testing, will be sent to their villages. But first, they will be kept in quarantine in their districts for 14 days. For this, arrangements should be made and the places should be sanitised,” the chief minister said.

“Those who have completed 14-day quarantine in the state should be sent home with ration and Rs 1,000,” Adityanath added.

Meanwhile, in the same review meeting, it was decided that two senior state officials will be sent to districts that have 20 or more coronavirus cases where these officers will camp for a week and make sure that the lockdown is strictly followed.

The chief minister pointed out that the spread of infections in hospitals and medical centres should be eliminated with the proper availability of personal protective equipment kits, N-95 masks, and sanitisers.

“It should be ensured that public movement is totally restricted in hotspot areas and, only medical teams and sanitisation workers should visit,” said Adityanath.

Gujarat reports 191 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in 24-hours; 14 deaths in Ahmedabad