Covid-19: Migrant workers in Qatar
According to the Guardian on Thursday, it’s “business as usual” for migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
As most of the world retreat indoors to combat the spread of the coronavirus, builders in Qatar appear to be working as normal.
How coronavirus has spread in Qatar
According to data from John’s Hopkins University on Thursday morning, there have been 537 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Qatar.
41 people have recovered from the illness, while the Gulf state is yet to record a death.
In reaction, Qatar has been implementing significant overseas travel bans, while the government has banned “all gatherings” in the country, report the Guardian.
Despite coronavirus, it’s ‘business as usual’ for World Cup workers in Qatar https://t.co/4eUIqGmUyE
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 26, 2020
Qatar continue working on 2022 World Cup
Yet, those restrictions haven’t been applied to many migrant workers who are in Qatar to build the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. The Guardian confirm:
With less than 1,000 days to go until the tournament kicks off, workers said it was “business as usual” as construction continued at a relentless pace.
Workers say they have no choice but to show up, compelled both by their employers and the urgent need to earn money for their families back home.
How qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup have been affected by Covid-19
The spread of Covid-19 has already affected the qualifying schedule for the 2022 World Cup.
At the start of March, the latest round of Asian qualifiers were postponed. FIFA released a statement, reading:
Following consultation with Asia’s member associations, Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In South America, the latest round of CONMEBOL qualifiers in March have also been postponed.
FIFA have yet to outline when these Asian and South American qualifiers will be played.