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NBC News 28 Apr 2020

Myanmar Migrant Workers Struggle In Thailand After Lockdown Wipes Jobs


Millions of Myanmar migrant workers are thought to be stranded in Thailand after the border was closed and jobs were lost by the coronavirus lockdown.

A rising wave of infections among Singapore's massive migrant worker population threatens to derail the city-state's success in fighting the coronavirus.

About 80% of all cases in Singapore have been linked to the dormitories where low paid migrant workers from South Asia are housed.

Singapore has now sealed off multiple dormitories, as the government carries out extensive testing and tries to move healthy workers out, but questions are being raised about why more wasn't done to protect them.

People living in the dorms said they were scared about getting ill, and about what the future holds for them.

We agreed to protect the identity of the workers who spoke to the BBC.

Edited by Christine Hah
▶️Some state governments in India have started distributing food aid and money on Tuesday, March 31 to migrant workers who are stranded after a 21-day lockdown was imposed to curb the coronavirus spread.
Nepal has been under a complete lockdown for the past week after five coronavirus cases were confirmed.
Thousands of tourists are stranded after the government suspended international flights to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Al Jazeera's Raheela Mahomed has more.
Thailand's four million migrant workers are more vulnerable than ever after recent layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With most borders closed, thousands are stranded and relying on handouts.
And there are fears their situation could get even worse once the country fully returns to work.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Samut Sakhon in Thailand.

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