Maldives government is searching for at least eight coronavirus infected Bangladeshi nationals, who fled from isolation facilities, local news agency Avas said on Sunday, adding that the immigration service of the country established a system to report cases of expatriates whose whereabouts are unknown.
As per an announcement published by the Maldives Immigration, the sponsors or employers can report cases of missing or absconding migrant workers via email from Sunday, it said.
Fleeing expatriates is a frequent occurrence in the Maldives. During the lockdown that was imposed in Male’ city in response to COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities have relocated migrant workers who were living in congested labour quarters to better facilities, it added.
At least 200 undocumented Bangladeshi nationals residing in the Maldives were repatriated on Saturday, reports the news agency.
Maldives’ national carrier, Maldivian said an aircraft from its fleet travelled to Dhaka carrying 200 Bangladesh nationals. The repatriation arrangements are being made jointly by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Maldives government has been working with the Bangladesh government to repatriate expatriates in the Maldives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 3000 expatriates have been repatriated from the Maldives to date, it said.
Three Bangladeshi nationals are among the 13 people that passed away in the country due to coronavirus so far.
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