Coronavirus: 14,500 foreign workers in Singapore still serving quarantine

Medical staff conduct routine swab tests for migrant workers at the Westlite Juniper dormitory on Aug 18, 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - About 14,500 foreign workers are currently serving out their quarantine period after testing of all workers in dormitories was completed on Aug 11.

"These workers will be tested when their quarantine ends, and we expect the case counts to remain high in the coming days, before tapering down thereafter," said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Thursday (Aug 20).

No cases in the community were reported, said MOH in its daily update.

Of the 68 new cases reported on Thursday, two imported cases included a Singaporean woman and a permanent resident who arrived from India between Aug 6 and Aug 8.

They were asymptomatic and tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

Migrant workers living in dormitories made up the remaining 66 new coronavirus patients announced on Thursday, taking Singapore's total to 56,099.

Two clusters in dormitories were closed as the dorms have been cleared by the Inter-agency Taskforce, and now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for Covid-19 infection.

The average number of new daily community cases has come down from two cases two weeks ago to one in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day over the same period.

With 309 cases discharged on Thursday, 53,104 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 75 patients remain in hospital, while 2,878 are recuperating in community facilities. None are in intensive care.

Singapore has had 27 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

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