Qatar's old industrial zone has emerged as a hot spot for the coronavirus in the Gulf Arab state, putting at risk many migrant workers who live and work in the area of car service centers, warehouses and small shops.
The tiny country, where expatriates comprise the majority of the population, on Thursday reported eight more infections to take its tally to 460, the highest number among the six Gulf Arab states that have reported a total of more than 1,300 coronavirus cases.
Since being named host of the event, Qatar has been criticized by rights groups for poor labor conditions. It responded by enacting broad reforms to guard worker rights.
The event's organizing body, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, did not immediately respond to a Reuters' query on whether there were any infections among World Cup workers, but said it was working with the government and contractors to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
It said World Cup preparations remain on track.