Newly arrived foreign workers staying in dorms to undergo further testing regime: MOM

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Migrant workers work at a construction site in Singapore on August 20, 2020. - About 86 per cent of foreign workers in the construction, marine and process sectors have been allowed to resume work, up from the 81 per cent announced last week, as the Ministry of Manpower announced on August 19 that all dormitories housing migrant workers were declared cleared of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrant workers work at a construction site in Singapore on 20 August 2020. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — From Wednesday (6 January), newly arrived foreign workers entering Singapore and staying in dormitories will have to stay at a designated facility to go through an additional 7-day testing regime, the Minister of Manpower said on Tuesday.

The additional testing regime will follow the completion of the workers’ 14-Day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). They will be able to move into their dormitories after completing the regime.

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) introduced the new rule to lessen the risk of an imported COVID-19 case transmitting the virus into the dormitories, the MOM said.

The 14-day SHN and a polymerase chain reaction exit test reduces the risk of a missed positive COVID-19 case to very low levels. “Nevertheless, as the MOM has started approving the entry of a larger number of foreign workers into Singapore, the MTF considers it prudent to further reduce the risk of a missed COVID-19 positive case entering the dormitories and starting a new cluster,” the MOM said.

During the seven days at the designated facility, the newly arrived foreign workers will undergo further swab tests, and will be able to go to work.

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