New Delhi: After news reports surfaced that a number of migrants workers of Bihar are stranded in different parts of the country in the wake of the lockdown, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced that his administration will coordinate with other states and will bear the expenses of those workers. Also Read - Bihar: Families to Get Free Ration For 1 Month, Pensioners Will Get 3 Months Pension in Advance
Holding a meeting with his officials to review the COVID-19 situation in the state, Kumar also announced Rs 100 crore package from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for setting up shelters for rickshaw pullers and daily-wage earners in the state. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim
The meeting with the CM was attended by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, other members of his cabinet, and top officials. Also Read - People in Bihar Turn to God, Conduct 'Havans and Pujas' To Ward Off Coronavirus
As per updates, the money from the CM’s Relief Fund will be utilised by the disaster management department to set up shelters for rickshaw pullers and daily-wage earners who might be living away from their homes.
Th development comes after two residents of Munger district in the state tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to six.
Bihar so far has recorded only one death due to the COVID-19. According to Patna-based Rajendra Memorial Research Institute, samples of 55 people who had come in contact with the man were collected and sent for examination. Two of them– a 40-year-old-woman and a 12-year-old boy — tested positive for coronavirus.
As per updates, the 55 people, who had come in contact with the man, were kept in home quarantine on the directions of health officials. Other confirmed coronavirus cases in the state include three residents of Patna who are not related to each other.