Singapore: Condition of Migrant Workers- Lockdown and Testing

Majority of the 26,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 are migrant workers living in crowded dormitories. On the 5th April 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a press release indicating that the overcrowded migrant worker S11 and Westlite Toh Guan Dormitories (housing 19,000 migrant workers together) would go under lockdown, criticised for endangering those uninfected in the dormitories. On the 14th April all migrant worker quarters were placed in quarantine, social distancing in all migrant worker dormitories were enforced and migrant workers will be tested for COVID-19, separating infected and uninfected clusters. Approximately 7,000 migrant workers were moved into alternative accommodation such as military camps, floating hotels and vacant government apartments. Singapore has not yet passed any domestic legislation for the protection of refugee and asylum seekers.


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