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Qatar: 6,500 migrant workers have died since preparing for the World Cup

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São Paulo – About 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country was announced as the host of the 2022 World Cup. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, in a report published on Wednesday (24), most of the victims come from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The deaths occurred since December 2010, when the country was chosen by Fifa, the organization that organizes the tournament. According to government sources, the average is 12 migrant workers from these five South Asian nations killed every week.

THE The Guardian reveals that India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka point to the death of 5,927 workers in the period from 2011 to 2020. The Pakistani embassy in Qatar reported an additional 824 deaths of Pakistanis between these years. The number is expected to be even higher, according to the newspaper, as other countries, such as the Philippines and Kenya, have not released their data.

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Since it was announced as host of the World Cup, Qatar has created a major program of works that involves the construction of seven new stadiums, a new airport, the creation of roads, expansion of public transport and hotels. A new city, which will host the World Cup final, has also been built.

Nick McGeehan, director of FairSquare Projects, an international advocacy group specializing in labor rights, believes that although death records are not categorized by occupation or workplace, it is likely that many workers who died were employed in these World Cup infrastructure projects.

“A very significant proportion of migrant workers who died since 2011 were in the country only because Qatar won the right to host the World Cup,” he explained to the The Guardian. The organizing committee of the tournament says that there were 37 deaths of workers directly linked to the construction of stadiums for the World Cup, of which 34 were classified as “non-labor”.

The works of the 2014 World Cup, based in Brazil, also had their victims. In all, 10 workers died during the construction of the stadiums – two of them at Arena Corinthians. During preparations for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, two workers died while on the job.

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THE The Guardian it also shows that the death toll in Qatar is revealed in long official data sheets listing the causes of the deaths: several blunt injuries due to a fall from a height; choking by hanging; undetermined cause of death due to decomposition.

The Qatari government does not dispute the death toll and says it is proportional to the size of the migrant workforce, estimated at 2 million in the country. “The mortality rate in these communities is within the range expected for the size and demography of the population. However, each life lost is a tragedy and no effort is spared in an attempt to prevent all deaths in our country, ”the local government told the newspaper.

May Romanos, a Gulf researcher for Amnesty International, says that “there is a real lack of clarity and transparency around these deaths” and argues that Qatar “strengthens its standards of occupational health and safety”.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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