On Wednesday, Singapore reported 788 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 20,198, most of them are migrant workers. Singapore said in a statement, it has taken several measures to enhance the facilities in dormitories for foreign workers. Two more fatalities were reported due to coronavirus.
Foreign workers living in dormitories continue to make up the bulk of new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, with 759 out of the total 788 patients confirmed on Wednesday.
In the community, there are 13 cases, out of which 11 are Singapore citizens while other two are work pass holders. S Iswaran, the minister for Communications and Information addressed concerns of the migrant workers living in dormitories, who have been subject to stringent restrictions and active testing.
The Indian-origin Singapore minister said the government has “undertaken numerous efforts to enhance the quality of food and facilities” within the dormitories. He also explained to the Indian workers in Tamil, the importance of testing COVID-19.
Professor Alfred Huan from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) said, “In the earlier version, the focus was more about protecting the community from each of the wearers, and depending on the kind of cloth or material, reusability would vary quite a bit. And it wasn’t really tested for any kind of bacterial filtration at that point.”
Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday, new and better quality materials will be used to make face masks. Since February Singapore has started producing surgical masks. Earlier also, Singapore worked with partners to produce surgical masks.