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Singapore’s coronavirus curbs are easing, but not for migrant workers living in dorms

South China Morning Post, Singapore, 9 September 2020 - With restaurants and shopping centres bustling, pre-pandemic life is slowly returning for people in Singapore – except for the more than 300,000 migrant workers who make up much of the city’s low-wage workforce.
Since April, these workers have been confined to their residences
with limited exceptions for work. After an extensive testing and quarantine campaign, the government cleared the dormitories where most of these workers live of Covid-19 in August, letting residents leave for several “essential errands,” like court appearances and doctor’s appointments.
The government said last month it was working toward relaxing more rules for workers. Those plans are now under threat, with new virus clusters emerging in the dorms, where workers from ChinaIndiaIndonesia and elsewhere share bunks and tight living spaces.

“Some days I feel very upset and can’t take it,” said Mohd Al Imran, a Bangladeshi worker with a local engineering firm. After months of confinement in the dorms, he got Covid-19 anyway. He was sent to a coronavirus care facility and said it was “very free” by comparison. “At the dorm you can’t go out from your room,” he said in a text message. “They treat it like a prison.”

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Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3100831/singapores-coronavirus-curbs-are-easing-not-migrant

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