Foreign worker dormitories prove stubborn with Covid-19 reinfections

Three migrant worker dormitories in Singapore previously cleared of the coronavirus have been found to be once more spawning new Covid-19 clusters – which were identified on Sunday 6 Sep 2020. All three dormitories had been gazetted as isolation areas in April under the Infectious Diseases Act before they were declared cleared of Covid-19 last month.

Seven of the newly confirmed cases were linked to 10 previous cases to form the new cluster at CDPL Tuas Dormitory, which was declared cleared of Covid-19 on Aug 10. Before the cluster was closed, more than 2,000 infections were linked to it, which made it one of the biggest Covid-19 clusters in Singapore.

Thirteen earlier confirmed cases were linked to form the new cluster at Cassia @ Penjuru. The dormitory was declared cleared of Covid-19 on Aug 10. Before the cluster was closed, it had more than 1,900 cases linked to it. Five earlier confirmed cases were linked to form the new cluster at Kranji Lodge 1. The dormitory was linked to more than 670 cases before it was declared cleared of Covid-19 on Aug 8.

All foreign workers dormitories were declared cleared of Covid-19 by the Ministry of Manpower on Aug 19, including standalone blocks in purpose-built dormitories serving as isolation or quarantine facilities.

Workers who are staying in dormitories and those in the construction, marine and process sectors, as well as those going into the work sites, are required to undergo rostered routine testing every 14 days.

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