Qatar: Workers head to World Cup sites despite a ban on "social gatherings" intended to stem spread of Covid-19

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26 March 2020

Despite coronavirus, it's 'business as usual' for World Cup workers in Qatar

Author: Pete Pattison, The Guardian (UK)

Migrant labourers building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are still being sent to work on crowded construction sites, despite a government order outlawing “all forms of gatherings”...

Buses packed full of labourers could be seen heading to work, while workers told the Guardian they continue to endure long shifts with only limited health checks in place...

[Social distancing two metres apart] would be nearly impossible to meet in Qatar, where workers live in crowded labour camps, sharing dormitories, often with eight to 10 others, and are transported to work in company buses crammed with up to 60 people.

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