COVID-19 cases re-emerge in Singapore’s dorms with 15 new clusters

A medical team attending to a migrant worker at Tuas South Dormitory. Image: Amrin Amin/Facebook
A medical team attending to a migrant worker at Tuas South Dormitory. Image: Amrin Amin/Facebook

Just two weeks after declaring all worker dormitories virus-free, Singapore resumed reporting infection spreading in such places, with three new clusters announced last night. 

This brings the total number of new dormitory clusters to 15, with latest infections found at Cassia @ Penjuru, CDPL Tuas Dormitory and Kranji Lodge 1. Twenty-three people were found infected across the three dorms, 18 of whom were said to be detected through routine testing while the remaining five were identified as contacts of previous cases and isolated before they tested positive. 

The other 12 dormitories where the virus has re-emerged after being declared virus-free are: Blue Stars Dormitory, Changi Lodge 2, Cochrane Lodge 1, North Coast Lodge, Toh Guan Dormitory, Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, Mandai Lodge 1, Tuas South Dormitory, Homestay Lodge, Sungei Tengah Lodge, Cochrane Lodge 2 and Tuas View Dormitory.

A majority of Singapore’s migrant workers who were previously isolated in their virus-stricken dorms since May have been able to resume work in sectors including construction and marine. While Singapore has been reporting less than 100 cases each day, there has been an increase in imported cases ever since travel for some countries including India resumed. Thirteen cases involving individuals who had traveled were announced last night, up from the daily average of around four cases. 

Singapore has reported a total of 57,022 infections since the outbreak began in January. Of those, 53,857 lived in worker dorms. The official death toll stands at 27.

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