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BBC News 22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Singapore's migrant workers 'living in fear'

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A rising wave of infections among Singapore's massive migrant worker population threatens to derail the city-state's success in fighting the coronavirus.

About 80% of all cases in Singapore have been linked to the dormitories where low paid migrant workers from South Asia are housed.

Singapore has now sealed off multiple dormitories, as the government carries out extensive testing and tries to move healthy workers out, but questions are being raised about why more wasn't done to protect them.

People living in the dorms said they were scared about getting ill, and about what the future holds for them.

We agreed to protect the identity of the workers who spoke to the BBC.

Edited by Christine Hah


Millions of Myanmar migrant workers are thought to be stranded in Thailand after the border was closed and jobs were lost by the coronavirus lockdown.
Singapore has nearly 20,000 cases of COVID-19, most of them from migrant workers.
They find it hard to practise social distancing in their cramped living quarters.
Activists say the government needs to do more to safeguard their health.
Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.
Singapore has nearly 20,000 cases of COVID-19, most of them from migrant workers.
They find it hard to practise social distancing in their cramped living quarters.
Activists say the government needs to do more to safeguard their health.
Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.
Vumani Mbele's torso was whipped by officers, he says, leaving him battered and bruised, and he thinks he may have fractured ribs.
▶️Some state governments in India have started distributing food aid and money on Tuesday, March 31 to migrant workers who are stranded after a 21-day lockdown was imposed to curb the coronavirus spread.

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