Kathmandu, Feb. 27 -- The global covid-19 outbreak has impacted Nepali migrant labourers awaiting their turn to go to South Korea under a government scheme.

The Employment Permit System (EPS) Korea Section, under the Department of Foreign Employment, said it has temporarily stopped sending Nepali workers to the east Asian country in view of the coronovirus outbreak.

"The departure of Nepali migrant workers has been temporarily halted for now," said Krishna Prasad Khanal, director at the EPS Korea Section. "It, however, doesn't mean that labour migration to South Korea has been stopped completely," said Khanal. "We will reschedule their flights when the right time comes."

Every week, dozens of the Nepali workers head to South Korea afte...