More stranded Sri Lankans return from Middle East

More stranded Sri Lankans returned from the Middle East today, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of the COVID-19 (NOCPC) said.

NOCPC said that 21 people returned from Abu Dhabi via EK 667 and 42 returned from Doha via QR 668.

Another 296 Sri Lankans were scheduled to arrive today from Doha via UL 218.

All those who returned to Sri Lanka were send to quarantine centers operated by the military.

On Wednesday, over 280 Sri Lankan migrant workers who were stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic returned on the first special flight to be operated since the temporary suspension of the repatriation process a few months ago.

The Government last week decided to recommence the repatriation of stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers from this week.

The Foreign Ministry thereafter announced that five flights have been scheduled for the repatriation process.

As per the Foreign Ministry’s schedule, 100 Sri Lankans were repatriated from Italy yesterday Friday (20), 297 from Qatar today (21), 297 from Kuwait on Monday (23), and 290 from Oman on next Thursday (26). (Colombo Gazette)