788 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Singapore Due to Migrant Workers
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Singapore said it has taken several steps to strengthen the dormitory facilities for skilled workers, as 788 new COVID-19 cases were registered by the city-state on Wednesday, with the majority of them migrant workers, including Indian nationals, bringing the total amount of infections to 20,198.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed another two deaths due to coronavirus. Migrant workers living in dormitories tend to make up the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, with on Wednesday 759 out of 788 patients confirmed. The new cases involve 16 non-dormitory visitors, several declare clusters. The ministry states there have been 13 cases in the population, 11 of which are citizens of Singapore or permanent residents (foreigners), while two are job pass holders (also aliens).
On Tuesday, Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran discuss the concerns of migrant workers staying in dormitories, who subject to stringent restrictions and intensive monitoring. Speaking for Indian staff in Tamil, Iswaran clarifies the need to test them and their colleagues.
Singapore Produces Surgical Masks
The minister of Indian-origin Singapore said the government has made many efforts. It is o enhance the standard of food and services” within the dormitories.
Noting A*STAR research showing the reusable cloth masks protecting people by preventing saliva and droplets from infecting others. Chan Chun Sing Trade and Industry said on Wednesday. It adds “new and better” materials find to enhance the initial cloth mask designs. As of February, Singapore has already started the production of surgical masks, according to a Channel News Asia article. Singapore had been working with collaborators to create surgical masks before the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, with export restrictions constantly changing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, it was a “regular exercise” to diversify and try new supply lines, the minister said. So, for instance, some buyers had to visit other countries and factories overseas and pay in cash for the masks. Also, guard the masks to make sure they load into the trailers, planes, and ships. The surgical masks created locally will go towards the health-care system in Singapore, he added.