Madhya Pradesh migrant worker died as he tried to walk 179 miles home during virus lockdown

A 40-year-old migrant worker in India who was walking to his hometown collapsed and died, according to police.

India is currently in lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, meaning public transport has stopped running and only essential services are operating. That has left many of the country’s migrant workers out of work, prompting thousands to leave major cities and head home.

Ranveer Singh, who worked as a delivery man in New Delhi, was traveling from the capital to his hometown in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

Singh collapsed in Agra (134 miles from Delhi), but was on his way to the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh (179 miles from Delhi), according to police officer Arvind Kumar.

we believe that this was triggered due to exhaustion from walking the long-distance,” Kumar said.

A shopkeeper near the national highway where Singh collapsed gave him tea and something to eat, Kumar said. However, Singh was complaining of chest pains and died soon after.

States ordered to help migrant workers: India’s central government on Sunday issued an order for states to mitigate the economic hardship of migrant workers. The order called the movement of laborers across state borders “a violation of the lockdown.” It also asked states to provide food and shelter for migrant workers so that they do not leave the state, and asked for those who have already left to be quarantined. 

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