About 4,600 Filipino migrant workers in Qatar are still awaiting repatriation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Philippine Ambassador to Doha Alan Timbayan said Monday.
In a televised briefing, Timbayan said the embassy is coordinating with Qatar Airways and Philippine Airlines to arrange some of the migrant workers flights back to the Philippines.
“So far, we have some 4,600 who registered in the embassy requesting for repatriation,” the ambassador said.
“Other than this, other repatriation schemes are also being undertaken by the embassy,” he said.
Between May and July, Timbayan said 912 migrant workers had already returned to the country.
There are 15 confirmed infections among Filipinos in Qatar to date, Timbayan noted. Meanwhile, two COVID-19-related fatalities among the Filipino community have yet to be repatriated.
About 99,000 of the 104,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Qatar have reportedly recovered, with at least 147 deaths. (Source: INQUIRER.net)