Foreign worker dormitories isolated after Covid-19 cases surged to 91

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that it is gazetting 2 foreign worker dormitories as isolation areas, after a surge of Covid-19 cases in the 2 clusters on Sunday (5 Apr).

The 2 dormitories are:

  1. S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, and
  2. Westlite Toh Guan dormitory @ 18 Toh Guan Road East.

Both dormitories have seen a surge in Covid-19 infections on Sunday, registering 22 and 10 fresh cases, bringing the total infected from the 2 clusters to 91, totaling 63 and 28 respectively.

According to the MOH, the affected 13,000 resident workers at S11 Dormitory and 6,800 resident workers at Westlite Toh Guan dormitory will not go to work, and workers who are symptomatic have already been isolated.

Within the 2 dormitories, workers’ access to recreational facilities will be regulated to reduce inter-mixing and movement between blocks is prohibited. Workers have also been advised to cease social interactions with others who do not reside in the same room or floor.

This is necessary to avoid the risk of further transmissions from any potentially infected workers to others in the dormitories, said the ministry.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it is also working with all dormitory operators, to implement similar and additional measures within their premises with immediate effect.

Efforts are also underway in the larger dormitories to reduce the density of their resident workers, by transferring some among them to alternative accommodation during this period.

For the “relatively small” number of workers in essential services, they will be moved out of the dormitories and housed separately, according to Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

Meanwhile, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the media that there are now 2 separate strategies for tackling the spread of local cases. One for dormitories and one for the wider community.

“Once the circuit breaker (measures) kicks in, all foreign workers, on top of (those in) isolation areas, will have to stay in dormitories and will not be able to come out, so there is no infection to the rest of the community,” he said.

As of Sunday (5 Apr @ 12 pm), the island city has reported its highest daily surge of 120 cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 1309.

 

 

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14 Responses to “Foreign worker dormitories isolated after Covid-19 cases surged to 91”

  • “Meanwhile, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the media that there are now 2 separate strategies for tackling the spread of local cases. One for dormitories and one for the wider community.”

    What has he been smoking? One is the subset of the other, what he toking about? Next time issit another different set of strategies for HDB and private estate and another set of strategies for peasants and aristocrats?

    Make a simple statement also must chut pattern like the smart alec who called flooding a ponding – to show that Sinkapore is more smarter and a-sai than the rest of the world?

    Why are these millionaire millisters so freaking childish!

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  • Big disaster in the making:

    You know the cruise ship cases?
    All passengers, 3000 or more, get quarantined inside the ship. Cases spread like crazy during the quarantine period.

    Think.

    Now, with 13,000 people quarantined in a single dormitory, what will happen?
    In dormitories, people are squeezed together, many times worse than in cruise ships.

    I fear most of the workers are going to be infected.

    Please, ministers, stop this disaster in the making. Spread the workers in some spacious location. Try Istana or Tekong.

    This is VERY VERY URGENT. As someone said, viruses don’t wait for you to consider all evidence carefully for weeks.

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  • LW, wake up!:

    “Once the circuit breaker (measures) kicks in, all foreign workers, on top of (those in) isolation areas, will have to stay in dormitories and will not be able to come out, so there is no infection to the rest of the community,” he said.

    Unless this minister wants to lock up the workers and let them die and rot inside the dormitory.

    Once the workers are infected, with the virus spreading like wild fires in a cruise ship, they are going to be at the hospitals. The large numbers will definitely lead to medical staff getting infected, and the general public. Yes, Singaporeans, you, me, us, the immortals, the mere mortals.

    URGENT. Please put the workers elsewhere with safety distance within the quarantine area.

    If (when) dormitories get heavily infected, nobody in Singapore is safe.

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  • Taskforce, wake up!:

    I have to point out that the taskforce is still not fully awake. Please, get your knowledge up to date.

    Look at the daily reports.

    Typically, they will say case x has not been to work since onset of symptoms. Example: Case 1237 is a 35 year-old Singaporean woman who is a doctor at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms. (Another medical staff got it. SAD.)

    Since “onset of symptoms”? The time of onset of symptoms is not the critical time. The virus spreads days BEFORE the onset of symptoms.

    It is very worrying for Singaporeans when the taskforce cannot understand this.

    You must consider, and tell the public, where the cases have been to, at least 14 days before the onset of symptoms.

    WAKE UP !!!

    Mod: You make a very valid point. Will suggest to TRE to carry an article on this, if information are available. Thank you.

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  • Tan Kin Lian April 9 dateline:

    TRE Techie: “Meanwhile, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the media that there are now 2 separate strategies for tackling the spread of local cases. One for dormitories and one for the wider community.”

    No need talk so much. Get the Gurkhas contingents ready and check also whether armaments not expired. It has been a long time in waiting. 50 years!

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  • Hu Chian:

    @TRE Techie

    Without a doubt, Lawrence Wong and team is daft. Lawrence should go to hell. They are making the same old mistake all over again, too late now, we’re in a disaster.
    It’s alrdy very dangerous, schools should shut down immediately or face imminent risk, stop students from going to school now. Lock is the only solution. Someone will pay for this.

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  • “According to the MOH, the affected 13,000 resident workers at S11 Dormitory and 6,800 resident workers at Westlite Toh Guan dormitory will not go to work, and workers who are symptomatic have already been isolated.”

    What about those that have yet to show symptoms? They are allowed to remain in the dorm and continue to infect others or be infected? Is MOH deadly sure that the workers have not been talking or touching one another?

    ALL the workers in the dorm should be tested even if they are asymptomatic. That would weed out the silent carriers and then those that are not infected should be moved to a safer location away from the isolated but virus-infested dorm.

    Like one reader said, isolation would cause more to be infected if they are all locked in the same place, the many cruise ship and the American aircraft carrier are perfect examples of what would happen if thousands are holed up in a small and confined space.

    Dorms are different from a HDB flat or a private apartment because their purpose is to house workers, so naturally the max number of workers would have been housed in a single unit, therefore it is very crowded.

    Which is why I have been saying, dunno say dunno, don’t act smart and chut pattern which may endanger other’s health and life. China has already shown teh world how it can be done, why not take a leaf from their experience?

    Any doctor in Wuhan would have told whoever that came out with this ‘brilliant’ measure to go mate with a spider, but then the doctor won’t understand that taking extreme measures would cause panic and may hinder the coming GE. lol

    .

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  • Tremendous:

    What a way to coin something fanciful with two strategies when all along they got the principles wrong. It’s always principles then strategies. Strategies only when something happened and as afterthoughts are of course, still strategies but low grade ones.

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  • Hopelesslyuselessgov:

    GET THEM SEPARATED, VIA NATIONAL STADIUM OR ENCLOSED
    INDOOR STADIUM OR SEND THEM BACK HOME.

    CONSTRUCTION IS NOT, REPEAT , NOT ESSENTIAL SERVICE.

    ONLY ESSENTIAL FOR PAP MINISTERS , SO THAT EACH CAN OWN 5 CONDOS…..

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  • Hopelesslyuselessgov:

    PAP will lower GDP BENCHMARK TO 0.5% TO PAY THEMSELVES 12 TO 15 MONTHS OF BONUSES…

    JUST MARK MY WORDS.

    SO THAT THEY CAN BUY CONDOS TO RENT OUT, 6 TO 8% RETURNS, BRTTER THAN THE BANKS OR OTHER DIVIDENDS

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  • Harder Truths:

    These workers could have gone anywhere and everywhere. About 20 000 people already infected but no action for about 1 month. China had the same event in November 2019 before the virus went ballistic.

    Does anyone else see a problem here?

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  • @Harder Truths

    For the sake of argument, lets assume that only 1% of teh 20k workers are infected and everone else is clean on the island.

    These workers other than going to work, will also go walk walk, drink drink and and bonk bonk, taking of course SMRT and buses and taxis.

    From January until today, picture how many in Sinkieland have been infected considering that the virus is 30x more contagious than SARS? The figures at Mustafa cluster, where these workers frequent speaks for itself.

    And the gahment is still praying that most on the island are not infected? This has got to be the stupidest logic by ivory tower residents.

    While I pray not so, but Sinkieland will see a huge spike in infections come mid-April, if the trend in China is reflective of how the deadly virus behaves.

    If then GE is called in May, then the gahment better provide space suits for the voters. lol

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  • WakeupSG:

    “The incubation period for COVID-19 is estimated to be 5 days on average, with 97.5% of patients who develop symptoms doing so within 11.5 days of infections, a recent study showed.”

    https://www.contagionlive.com/news/case-study-shows-asymptomatic-transmission-of-covid19-in-china

    Hope this help

    Taskforce, wake up!:
    I have to point out that the taskforce is still not fully awake. Please, get your knowledge up to date.

    Look at the daily reports.

    Typically, they will say case x has not been to work since onset of symptoms. Example: Case 1237 is a 35 year-old Singaporean woman who is a doctor at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms. (Another medical staff got it. SAD.)


    Since “onset of symptoms”? The time of onset of symptoms is not the critical time. The virus spreads days BEFORE the onset of symptoms.

    It is very worrying for Singaporeans when the taskforce cannot understand this.

    You must consider, and tell the public, where the cases have been to, at least 14 days before the onset of symptoms.

    WAKE UP !!!

    Mod: You make a very valid point. Will suggest to TRE to carry an article on this, if information are available. Thank you.

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  • rookies101:

    When the dormitories first built for the indian foreign talent FTs to stay, the places believed to be all clean and tidy, why now blamed the government or Singaporeans for the mess these indian FTs created?? What’s the logic?

    Can someone be kind enough to explain to us the foreign investors?

    indian FTs had such filthy traditions for many millennia, does anyone with a reasonable mind and knowleadge in Malaysia or Singapore really think such filthy indian bisexual men will change within 50 years, even with western educations they received in UK, US or Ausi?

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