Gulf ban on travellers from South Asia due to surge of Covid-19 cases leaves many stranded, jobless

 A security man takes temperature of a woman at the Dubai International Airport, UAE, on April 27, 2020.
A security man takes temperature of a woman at the Dubai International Airport, UAE, on April 27, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI/NEW DELHI - What was supposed to have been a short break to visit her parents back in Pakistan in April ended up being an indefinite waiting game for Ms Fariha Nasir.

A worrying surge in Covid-19 cases in South Asian countries had already led the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to suspend flights from India and before Ms Nasir could return, Pakistan - along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - were added to that list in May.

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