Chandigarh: After Uttar Pradesh, Punjab government has announced an immediate relief of Rs 3,000 to each registered construction workers in the state. This is being done in a bid to mitigate the hardships being faced by them in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, an official statement said. Also Read - Country Needs Me, Tweets Pakistan's Shehbaz Sharif as he Returns From London Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Notably, the money would be transferred to their bank accounts by March 23. Also Read - Maharashtra Continues to Lead as State With Highest Coronavirus Cases, Total Tally Rises to 74

A sum of Rs 96 crore will be released for this purpose, said an official spokesperson, adding the Labour Department has been directed by the Chief Minister to take immediate steps to ensure the transfer. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Reddit User Asks What we Would do Once Pandemic is Over, Answers Will Win Your Heart

The virus has claimed six lives in India so far. 324 people have tested positive for the virus.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has also appealed to the construction workers to take all preventive measures to check the spread of the deadly disease.

On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an assistance for daily wage labourers and construction workers amid lockdown-like situation in the state owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. He said that that that Rs 1,000 each will be given to 15 Lakh daily wage labourers and 20.37 Lakh construction workers for them to be able to meet their day-to-day needs.