Nearly half of Singapore’s migrant workers infected with Covid-19

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Singapore’s well being ministry on Wednesday reported no new instances of coronavirus illness (Covid-19) from the native transmission, days after the federal government accredited Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. However, coronavirus an infection amongst migrant workers has been a matter of concern as the newest knowledge confirmed practically half of them have been infected with Covid-19 previously 9 months.

The knowledge revealed by the well being ministry revealed that greater than 152,000 migrant workers, out of 320,000, who reside in dormitories, have been infected. As of December 13, greater than 54,000 dormitory dwelling migrant workers examined constructive for Covid-19 by way of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) take a look at, whereas 98,289 migrant workers have been discovered infected in serology exams. The regular PCR coronavirus exams detect whether or not an individual presently has the virus and the serology exams discover out whether or not an individual has had it previously.

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The well being ministry mentioned in an announcement that by August, all international workers dwelling in dormitories have been examined for the virus a minimum of as soon as. The overwhelming majority of the Covid-19 instances occurred in dormitories of migrant workers, the place the coronavirus unfold shortly on account of their communal dwelling preparations. The ministry added that the well being and social distancing measures turned out to be insufficient, given the extremely infectious nature of the virus.

“We acted swiftly and decisively to stabilise the situation in the dormitories. Working closely with dormitory operators, employers, the medical community, NGOs and other community groups, we contained the outbreak and cleared the dormitories of the virus,” the ministry acknowledged.

According to the newest knowledge, there have been 25 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions amongst migrant workers dwelling in dormitories, and two deaths as a result of contagious illness. The ministry mentioned that the morbidity and mortality fee “among our migrant workers has been very low”, regardless of the dimensions of the pandemic. It additionally added that the majority of them have since additionally been cleared to renew work safely. But the migrant labourers from South Asia nonetheless face restrictions on their motion which can solely be regularly lifted subsequent yr, in line with a BBC report.

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