Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers

Workers wearing protective face masks walk out of a building in the Central Business District (CBD) area in Singapore. EPA-EFE/HOW HWEE YOUNG

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In Singapore, there was the highest spike in daily cases on Sunday, with 120 new confirmed infections.

Around 20,000 foreign workers have now been told to stay in the dormitories where they’re required to live, after two dormitories emerged as new Covid-19 clusters. These places have now been sealed off.

During their time in isolation, the workers will get their salaries, as well as three meals a day, plus masks, hand sanitisers and thermometers.

But six workers in one dormitory told news outlet The Straits Times that they were living in squalid conditions, with overflowing toilets, cockroaches and queues for food.

There are now 1,300 cases and six deaths in Singapore.

Read more via BBC/Strait Times

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