The Indian Railways on Friday appealed to people not to travel on Shramik special trains if they are suffering from pre-existing medical conditions amid the rising number of deaths being reported on board.
At least nine passengers were reported dead on May 27 within 48 hours on board the special trains for migrant workers.
“It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravate the risk they face during the Covid-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened,” the ministry of railways said in a release.
“In order to protect the vulnerable persons from Covid-19, in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs… Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities (for example – hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immune deficiency conditions), pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, excep