Could Singapore have done more to prevent the COVID-19 spike among foreign workers in dormitories?


Could Singapore have done more to prevent the spike in COVID-19 cases among foreign workers in dormitories? Ministers Lawrence Wong and Josephine Teo responded to a journalist’s question at a news conference on Tuesday (Apr 21). “It’s not just a question of cost,” Mrs Teo said. “It is that to break the transmission, you really need a whole host of other things to happen – work stoppages, closing shopping areas, preventing people from socialising with one another. It goes well beyond cost.” Read more:

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  1. jessie james 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    no need to compare with other countries. we have enough on our plate as it is! they have their own problems we have ours!

  2. Blue Global 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    See also: 2020 – BBC News – COVID-19: Singapore's Intl' Reputation Tarnished (by Josephine Teo's Response?) @

  3. S TT 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    There is a great article from New York Times published on Apr 28 that covered the Covid19 outbreak in Singapore – ; the article also linked to an excellent local article – that highlights the plights of injured migrant workers and dilemmas faced by all stakeholders. I hope the govt can put up more stringent policies to ensure the employers do not 'abandon' workers when they get injured or when they need medical care; esp. after this pandemic when we can clearly see that the welfare of workers need to be addressed.

  4. Tana Esther 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    Sir send them back. Their country will give them best food and best medical. Please send them back

  5. singapore suck 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    Singapore ministers famous for taichi. When do mistakes won’t admit, only claim credit when something good happen.

  6. Songs & Sounds 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    May I appeal to any of the many NGO's here in Singapore to bring the Foreign Worker issue to the United Nations Human Rights Council or Tribunal.
    The UNHRC should conduct a thorough and exhaustive  investigation against possible human rights abuses, human trafficking and human slavery!
    They may begin with labour agents at the source country and the destination country, and then all and every entity involved down the line. Including governments, MNCs and big corporations!
    Please act as promptly as possible. Thank You.

  7. DossieINVAlerts Dossie 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    Lol. “Singaporean’s and migrant workers”. As I suspected, in the end, I would not be surprised if government simply fines the dorms. Is this called government safe distancing? One local Indian, who loves the cameras, a senior NUS fellow, dared to suggest that migrant workers should be grateful to Singapore government. Check it out on Bloomberg. We can guess who is buttering his Roti

  8. Low Peter 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    Please keep your mouth shut and let our able minster do their job instead of useless guy like you mr lawerence

  9. John Chang 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    The poor forgotten low socio class workers has bitten singapore govt on their prideful backside. Would these govt officials ever be sacked for their irresponsibility? Ohh better still, will the PM stand up and make an honourable apology to the forgotten foreign workers and their families ???

  10. Mohan Afiq 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    The biggest mistake here is building dormitories which are as big as possible ,accommodating about 15k workers.Why not build few small dormitories housing maximum 300 to 400 workers.

  11. Ruby G 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    So the lady minister is saying that it will be harder to tell the workers to stop working n no going out but we people is ok

  12. 生万 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    The earlier they admit to their mistake, the more time they would learn and grow from them…just my opinion😒😒😒

  13. Robert Kao Keng Nye 25 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    alkaline fruits above the virus pH levels, as follows:
    lime pH8.2, tangerine pH8.5, mango pH8.7, orange pH9.2, lemon pH9.9, pineapple pH12.7, garlic pH13.2, and avocado pH15.6.
    In Israel, everyone drinks a cup of hot tea mixed with lemon every morning and everning. The role of lemon and green tea can kill the viruse immediately, completely eliminate the virus from the body, alkalinize the immune system, because the body system becomes acidic at night, and the defence ability of the virus will also be reduced.
    Patients recovered from hospital were advised to take:
    1g Vitamin C per day, Vitamin E, drink warm water with lemon juice or drink lukewarm lemon water with honey (if affordable), one half boiled egg, total of 1.5 litre water per day, take warm or steamed food, no fried or oily food, and less salt or sugar, and daily exerciseat 10am or 4pm for half hour.
    Hope these useful tips
    will help most if not all to overcome the present pandemic crisis! Standup for Singapore!!!

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