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BANGKOK (Reuters) - A series of coronavirus clusters among construction workers in Bangkok, including the first local cases of the variant first identified in India, has put a fresh spotlight on migrant labour rights as Thailand grapples with its deadliest outbreak so far.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has detected its first 15 domestically transmitted cases of the highly infectious COVID-19 variant first found in India, authorities said on Friday, a discovery that could complicate efforts to address its most deadly outbreak so far.
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's government said on Tuesday it would protect the rights of migrant fruit and vegetable pickers and keep them safe from COVID-19 after a wave of infections in the sector revived concerns over the conditions they live in. As Portugal entered the final phase of easing a national lockdown last week, sanitary cordons were imposed in the southern municipality of Odemira, where hundreds of plastic-covered greenhouses rely on migrant labour to operate.
PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's been eating more fruit under lockdown, by all accounts. The problem is, it could struggle to find people to pick it.
CALMATUIU, Romania (Reuters) - Romanian Alberto Gogu worked exhausting shifts in freezing temperatures at Germany's biggest meat-packing plant. An outbreak of coronavirus infections there only made things worse.
BERLIN (Reuters) - The western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Monday that as a precaution it would extend by one week a lockdown in one of two districts affected by an outbreak of the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse.
(Reuters) - Coronavirus cases in Singapore topped 30,000 on Friday as the city-state reports hundreds of new infections in cramped migrant worker dormitories every day.
BERLIN (Reuters) - The coronavirus crisis must prompt a rethink of the conditions in which some people from Eastern Europe work in the farms and food industry of Western Europe, Romania's labour minister said after outbreaks in German slaughterhouses.
THE Covid-19 pandemic is exposing deep flaws in the economic model that both encourages and exploits migrant labour. Too many rich countries are dependent on low-cost workers, and too many poor communities are over-reliant on the money sent home for food, shelter and education.
SINGAPORE: Millions of migrant workers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia toil in conditions that leave them vulnerable not only to the coronavirus, but to strict lockdowns imposed to stem the pandemic in host countries.