Bihar: Migrants not behind latest surge, hints data

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published Published on Jul 23, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 23, 2020

-The Indian Express

The state government’s daily health bulletin then showed how migrants accounted for more than half of the positive cases. in the ongoing surge in cases in Bihar, the numbers tell a different story.

Patna: When migrants started returning to Bihar on Shramik special trains, private vehicles and even on foot, the state government had raised an alarm about the potential spread of infection and started quarantining them.

The state government’s daily health bulletin then showed how migrants accounted for more than half of the positive cases.

But in the ongoing surge in cases in Bihar, the numbers tell a different story. While the Covid-19 cases in Bihar climbed from 10,250 on 1 July to 30,066 on July 22, only two of top 10 migrant recipient districts are now among the 10 districts with the highest case counts.

The districts with the maximum number of cases now are Patna (4,479), Bhagalpur (1,859), Muzaffarpur (1,382), Siwan (1,154), Nalanda (1,143), Begusarai (1,114), Gaya (1,070), West Champaran (913), Rohtas (1,051) and Nawada (898). Out of them, 21,433 migrants returned to Patna and 73,769 to Gaya.

The other districts where a large number of migrants returned have reported fewer cases.

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The Indian Express, 23 July, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/bihar-migrants-not-behind-latest-surge-hints-data-6519066/


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