Newly arrived foreign workers to undergo extra 7-day Covid-19 testing programme before moving into dorms

The workers will be able to move into their dormitories only after completing the additional testing regime.
The workers will be able to move into their dormitories only after completing the additional testing regime.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - From Wednesday (Jan 6), newly arrived foreign workers approved for entry into Singapore and staying in dormitories will have to undergo an additional seven-day testing regime at a designated facility after completing their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Tuesday.

The multi-ministry task force (MTF) introduced the new requirement to minimise the risk of an imported Covid-19 case transmitting the virus into the dormitories, said the MOM.

Currently, the 14-day SHN and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) exit test reduce this risk to "very low levels".

"Nevertheless, as MOM has started approving the entry of a larger number of  foreign workers into Singapore, the MTF considers it prudent to further reduce the risk of a missed Covid-19 positive case entering the dormitories and starting a new cluster," said the MOM.

The workers will be able to move into their dormitories only after completing the new testing regime.

"During the seven days at the designated facility, the newly arrived foreign workers will undergo additional swab tests, and will still be able to go to work," it said.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 will be isolated and conveyed to a hospital or a community care facility. Their close contacts will also be quarantined and isolated.