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Nearly 1,200 Coronavirus-Positive Myanmar Workers in Thailand’s Tak Need Help, Groups Say

The Irrawaddy, Thailand, 10 July 2021 - Around 1,180 Myanmar migrant workers in Mae Sot in western Thailand’s Tak Province have caught coronavirus and are in need of help, according to labor rights organizations based in the town.

“There are not many health and welfare benefits for migrant workers suffering from COVID-19. They have to spend from their own pockets to pay medical costs, and it is not easy for them to go to hospitals and clinics,” said Ma Thuzar from the Mae Sot-based labor rights organization Yaung Chi Oo.

Some five factories that employed Myanmar migrant workers have closed since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in March last year. Some of the workers have managed to find new jobs, and some have sued their employers as they were not given compensation.

Civil society organizations engaged in promoting the labor rights of Myanmar migrant workers have been helping them obtain redundancy payments and providing aid for those in need with the help of donors.

“Most of the workers rent apartments outside their factories. Many are struggling to pay rent and buy food,” Ma Thuzar said.

Thai health authorities do not provide proper healthcare for infected Myanmar migrant workers, simply setting up quarantine centers inside their factories, labor rights organizations say.

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Source: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/nearly-1200-coronavirus-positive-myanmar-workers-in-thailands-tak-need-help-groups-say.html

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