The apex committee and the government of Qatar did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Morgan has posted online a portion of the interview in which he asks Hassan, ‘What is the honest, realistic figure on migrant worker deaths as a result of World Cup related work?’
Hasan said, ‘The estimate is around 400, between 400 and 500. I do not have the exact number. But this figure had not been publicly discussed before.
The apex committee’s report for the period from 2014 to the end of 2021 only includes the number of deaths of workers involved in the construction and renovation of stadiums hosting the World Cup. The figures released put the total number of deaths at 40. Of these, 37 deaths were described by Qatar as incidents outside of work, such as heart attacks. Three deaths are linked to workplace incidents. One report separately listed the death of an employee from the coronavirus amid the pandemic.