Arms were waving and booties swinging at a community isolation facility as nurses led patients through some steps in a video circulating online.
The one-minute video posted online yesterday shows an alpha nurse enthusiastically lead a group of recovering workers lined up in threes as well as her team through a wild dance routine combining a dizzying array of styles at Singapore Expo.
“Dance the virus away! No matter what the naysayers say about Singapore’s handling of our migrant workers, our migrant workers are really well taken care of physically and mentally!” the video caption read. It was unclear what day it was filmed.
More than 20,000 migrant workers were infected after the virus ran unchecked through worker housing, where hundreds continue to be infected daily.
In the video, nurses follow the moves from the back while laughing at her quirky moves.
“The expressions all very happy leh,” a person behind the camera remarked, referring to the excitement of the workers.
The dance routine was said to be part of morning exercises for the recovering workers at the facility that housed COVID-19 patients since April 10.
Four healthcare workers were said to have taken ill at the facility, but the Ministry of Health later revised that to only one after retesting them. That person has already been discharged.
It is not known how many patients are at the facility, but it can house up to 950 people in 10 halls.
As of yesterday, there were 19,479 patients isolated and receiving care at such isolation facilities. Officials said that 958 patients total were discharged yesterday, the most Singapore has reported in a single day and more than the 675 new cases logged.
Since the outbreak began, Singapore has counted 25,346 infections. Of those, 23,008 were dorm residents. The official death toll stands at 21, excluding a number of patients whose deaths were not directly attributed to the virus.
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