A pregnant woman traveling through India by foot interrupted her journey to give birth and then kept walking for another 160 kilometers (99 miles) with her newborn baby.
The woman, whose identity is unknown, was walking with her husband and their four other children from the city of Nashik, in Maharashtra, to the town of Satna in the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh.
Somewhere along the trip, the woman stopped and gave birth to a baby girl. A few days later, she had been stopped by Kavita Kanesh, an official at a checkpoint in Madhya Pradesh.
“She just rested for about one and a half to two hours after she delivered. The family had no money, no means of transport, no one was giving them a lift,” Kanesh told CNN.
The baby was born on May 5, four days after the family has reached the checkpoint.
The family had left Nashik because they had no place to live, and the country’s coronavirus lockdown had left them without any means to earn money, according to Kanesh.
Kanesh had arranged for the woman to be taken to a quarantine facility and receive medical treatment.
Since the country’s coronavirus restrictions came into effect, thousands of migrant workers have attempted to leave Indian cities and return to their migrant villages.
Due to widespread closures of public transport, some have were forced to make journeys on foot.
According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, India has so far recorded more than 78,000 coronavirus cases and 2,551 deaths.
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