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Singapore nearly virus free after local cases and clusters cease

By Aradhana Aravindan and John Geddie

 

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FILE PHOTO: A ship docks at Keppel terminal in Singapore November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Having once had the highest COVID-19 rate in Southeast Asia, Singapore has all but eradicated the virus after reporting 14 days without any new local cases on Tuesday, and saying it had snuffed out the last cluster of infection at a worker dormitory.

 

The cramped dormitories for young, low-wage labourers, mainly from Bangladesh, India and China had been at the centre of the city-state's spiralling cases earlier this year.

 

While Singapore has reported zero local cases for two weeks, there has been a trickle of infected people arriving from abroad who have been immediately isolated, authorities say.

 

Singapore was one of the first countries to report a COVID-19 case outside of China, where the virus first surfaced, on Jan. 23. It has recorded more than 58,000 cases, but nearly all them have recovered and its fatality rate is the world's lowest with just 28 deaths.

 

The vast majority of Singapore's cases occurred in dormitories. Authorities imposed strict quarantines at the facilities, drawing criticism from human rights groups. But it still took many months to stifle the clusters there even as cases in the broader community stayed low.

 

Tuesday marked the first time Singapore said it had no live clusters of infection across the island since the start of its outbreak.

 

When daily infections were peaking in April, the city-state had the most cases of the disease in Southeast Asia. Cases in Indonesia and the Philippines have since eclipsed its numbers.

 

Singapore had to impose a two-month lockdown to curb the spread of the disease in April. While life has returned to relative normal since then, mask wearing is mandatory, there are strict social distancing rules, and the island's borders remain largely closed.

 

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They have done a pretty good job.....with the exception of the dreaded dormitories.

The workers were imprisoned for 2-3 months, then sent home to where ever....now they refuse to return for work because they were so badly treated.

Singapore has many progressive reasons to be great .....but the governments' disdain to foreign workers is appalling.

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10 minutes ago, ChrisY1 said:

hey have done a pretty good job.....with the exception of the dreaded dormitories.

The workers were imprisoned for 2-3 months, then sent home to where ever....now they refuse to return for work because they were so badly treated.

Singapore has many progressive reasons to be great .....but the governments' disdain to foreign workers is appalling.

With a country only half the size of Bangkok---and half the population, they should be able to do well in controlling it.

The longest road in that place..(Yio Chu Kang)  is only 14 Klm

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