Singapore’s COVID-19 numbers rise among migrant workers

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Once held up as an exemplar for its coronavirus containment strategy, Singapore’s case numbers continue to rise among its 1.5 million migrant worker population.

Advocates say most of the country’s migrant workers live cramped conditions, often in makeshift buildings on worksites with poor ventilation and poor access to running water and toilets while others make their homes in government-built communal dormitories, where up to 30 or more men share rooms.

While they perform vital manual labour in industries such as construction, advocates fear Singapore’s migrant workers will simply be deported once travel restrictions are lifted.

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