India’s most populous state announces virus relief package for workers

Day labourers and construction workers in the state of Uttar Pradesh will benefit from aid. (AP pic)

MUMBAI: India’s Uttar Pradesh state will pay workers to help them meet daily needs as the country tries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a broadcast posted to his Twitter account.

Bordering the national capital of New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state with around 200 million inhabitants.

It will distribute 1,000 rupees per month to over 3.5 million day labourers and constructions workers, Adityanath said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a so-called People’s Curfew for 14 hours on Sunday, urging India’s citizens to stay at home as much as possible.

The government will announce support measures for virus-affected sectors of the economy as early as possible, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India climbed to 258 from 223.