90 Sri Lankans have died abroad due to COVID-19 so far

The number of Sri Lankan nationals, died abroad from COVID-19 has increased to 90, Foreign Affairs Ministry (FAM) told Daily Mirror today.

The majority were low-skilled migrant workers in Middle Eastern countries with 74 deaths including 31 reported from Saudi Arabia.

The following table shows the deaths of Sri Lankan nationals according to the countries they were living at the time of the deaths.

 

Country

Number

Saudi Arabia

31

Kuwait

20

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

10

Qatar

6

United Kingdom (UK)

5

Oman

4

USA

4

Canada

4

Bahrain

2

Germany

2

Israel

1

Italy

1

TOTAL

90

 

Foreign Affairs Ministry, complying with international COVID-19 related health and protection standards has imposed several conditions for the family members who have requested the bodies of their loved ones, succumbed to the virus, to be repatriated.

Accordingly, some of the bodies were brought down; yet, as per the main condition, the bodies were directly transported to the nearest crematorium where only the very close family members were allowed in.

Despite the repatriation process of Sri Lankans stranded abroad since the pandemic is currently on halt, the FAM said 44, 033 Sri Lankans from 125 countries have so far been repatriated. It said 17,600 of them were from Middle Eastern countries.

However, it further said 56, 000 more Sri Lankans are still to be repatriated.

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