122 Sri Lankan migrant workers dead of COVID-19; over 30,000 lose jobs: Labour minister
ECONOMYNEXT – One hundred and twenty-two Sri Lankan migrant workers have died of COVID-19, with 30,832 returning to the country having lost their jobs due to the pandemic, Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva told arliament today.
Thirty-six who worked in Saudi Arabia, 36 in Kuwait, 24 in the UAE, nine in Qatar, seven in Oman, four in Lebanon, three in Jordan, two in Bahrain, and one in Israel have died of COVID-19 as of March 31, the minister said.
A total of 56,403 migrant workers from 14 countries have returned to Sri Lanka due to the pandemic, 30,832 of whom have lost their jobs, he added.
The minister further said 4,431 migrant workers were infected with COVID-19, with the highest number of 1,792 cases being reported in Qatar. A total of 4,071 has recovered from the disease, he added. (Colombo/April05/2021)