Police officers stand by as migrant workers scramble inside a bus station in Ghaziabad, India, on Saturday, March 28.
Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Mass exodus sparks coronavirus concerns in India

Updated 1733 GMT (0133 HKT) March 30, 2020

Police officers stand by as migrant workers scramble inside a bus station in Ghaziabad, India, on Saturday, March 28.
Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Tens of thousands of migrant workers fled India's largest cities this weekend, looking to return to their rural homes after a nationwide lockdown left them without jobs or pay.

The lockdown was put in place to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But there is concern that the migrants' mass exodus may have done the opposite.