The World Bank has expressed concern over the way migrant laborers migrated to villages across South Asia after the lockdown. He says that in this way, the cases of infection in these countries can increase rapidly. Significantly, after the lockdown announced, lakhs of workers had migrated from the city towards their villages. Filled in trains and buses, many people had left for their house on foot. The World Bank said on Sunday that such migrant laborers can reach Corona to parts of India, which are still untouched.
There Will Be Loss Of More Population
In its report, the World Bank stated that South Asia has a much higher population density than the rest of the world. These are more so, especially in urban areas. In such a situation, preventing the spread of coronavirus will be a big problem. The report named India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, saying that after the lockdown. There was a competition among migrant people to go to their homes. During this time, social distancing could not follow.
Workers Taking Corona Home
In its ‘South Asia Economic Update: Impact of COVID-19’ report released on Sunday, the World Bank said that migrant laborers could easily infect the coronavirus in other states and villages. It added that a small relief for South Asia is that the population over 65 years of age is less than that of the US and China, which also limits mortality.
Workers Have No Choice – World Bank
The World Bank said that the lockdown policies had affected millions of migrants across the subcontinent. Most of them are daily wage laborers and have no work left in urban centers. Due to which they are making mass migration to their rural homes. Often on foot. It added that migrant laborers have a tough choice between choosing to stay hungry for long hours in cities and to go on a deadly journey to return to their home districts hundreds of miles away.