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Seven more Sri Lankan migrant workers in Middle Eastern countries have died due to COVID-19 within last week increasing the death toll to 42, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) told the Daily Mirror today.

By July 9, there were 35 COVID-19 deaths of Sri Lankans who were working in Middle Eastern countries.

According to SLFEB Spokesperson Mangala Randeniya, the deaths have been reported from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Lebanon.

Randeniya said the government had taken action to provide compensation to the families of all the 42 migrant workers.

The 42 victims include workers whose registration with the SLFEB had been expired and also unregistered workers.

Despite their registration and legal status, all of them will be compensated, Randeniya further said.

Despite strict health and travel restrictions in force, the Middle Eastern countries are still reporting rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Padmajeewa Friday, 17 July 2020 01:41 AM

    COVID under control should mean all Sri Lanka brought back home and no more new cases. This was what rest of the world did.

    James Campbell Friday, 17 July 2020 02:30 AM

    What are the true figures for Coviv-19 in Sri Lanka

    Lokka Friday, 17 July 2020 08:25 AM

    Mind your business

    Ruwe Friday, 17 July 2020 12:19 PM

    True figures are given at all the times. Otherwise the spread should have evidenced in the society. Srilanka is one of the very few countries who handle COVID 19 very well. Look our neighboring countries. So always,appreciate the good work.

    upul Abeyrathne Friday, 17 July 2020 12:13 PM

    What a family can do with this little ammount?

    danny Saturday, 18 July 2020 05:02 AM

    They didn’t die of COVID 19. But starvation and lack of basic needs

    Jayampathi Sunday, 19 July 2020 07:20 AM

    These countries give second hand treatment to migrant workers.


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