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Sri Lanka debunks rumors that Lankan migrant workers have committed suicide in Kuwait

Migrant workers in Kuwait, April 2020

ECONOMYNEXT – Foreign Relations Ministry officials are denying Social Media chatter that two Sri Lankan migrant workers in Kuwait have taken their own lives.
A spokesman for the Sri Lankan Mission in Kuwait told EconomyNext that there have been two recent suicides of migrant workers but they were from the Philippines and India.
Meanwhile, officials also said the situation in the Maldivian capital Male “remains critical.”
A Foreign Relations Ministry press release said that at present “the greatest vulnerability was in the Maldives, but particularly in Greater Male where a red alert has been declared by the Maldivian Government, which has explicitly requested foreign governments to evacuate their citizens.”
Of approximately 7000 Sri Lankans presently seeking repatriation from the Maldives, almost 2000 are in Greater Male.
On 14 May, 284 were repatriated and special approval had to be secured to evacuate a few medical emergency cases from outer Male. The Foreign Ministry has consulted the Maldivian authorities, who have expressed willingness for PCR tests to be done in advance on Sri Lankans to be repatriated, provided that PCR test kits and medical personnel from Sri Lanka would be made available to conduct these tests, the Ministry said.
The entire capital region of Greater Male is in lockdown after the number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 1,500, local media reported.
The lockdown, first applied to Greater Male on April 15 and scheduled to end on May 28, has been extended for two weeks until June 11, though a number of restrictions will be eased to resume economic activity.
Shops and private offices are allowed to re-open, while construction can resume in Male and Hulhulmale with the permission of the Male City Council and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) respectively. (Colombo, June 4, 2020) Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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