Bahrain: Risk of Covid spread in labour accommodation as govt. fails to enforce health & safety regulations

Author: Samir Salama, Gulf News, Published on: 21 May 2020

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Of 420 labour accommodations inspected in the Muharraq Governorate of Bahrain, only three met the health and safety requirement... landlords of seven such buildings showed commitment to adjust their legal position...

Gazi Al Mirbati, head of the Muharraq Municipal Council, held the Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning responsible for enforcing labour accommodation regulations... to provide appropriate space for each worker and ensure safety measures [were met]...

[and that] the ministry, unfortunately, has not yet addressed such an important issue.

“Overcrowding is one of the biggest factors for the surge in cases and clustered outbreaks in the labour camps,” he said.

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