Over 1,700 Sri Lankans working in Middle Eastern countries have become infected with COVID-19 according to the Deputy General Manager of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment R.K.K. Mangala Randeniya.
Speaking to Medialk he said the cases have been reported from the Middle Eastern countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Oman. He also noted that twenty-three Sri Lankan migrant workers have died to the global pandemic, he added.
Meanwhile according to him over 7,000 expatriates have returned to Sri Lanka in recent times.
Since the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic Workers’ remittances has declined by 32.3per cent in April 2020 amounting to US dollars 375 million. On a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances recorded a decline of 9.0 per cent to US dollars 1,975million during the first four months of 2020, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2019, Central Bank data showed.