Tag: foreign workers dormitories

Josephine Teo explains 3-pronged approach to containing coronavirus outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories

Singapore—Manpower Minister Josephine Teo took to Facebook to outline what MOM is doing to address the issue of the Covid-19 outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories. Among the country’s 4,427 confirmed coronavirus cases, around 60 percent, or 2,689, are migrant workers. Moreover, 19 out of the...

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 17, 2020

As of 8 am, April 17, 2020: World count  There are now 2,138,763 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide. The United States has the highest number of cases, with 671,308 infections, followed by Spain (184,945) and Italy (168,941).  There have been 142,735 deaths worldwide. The US, again, is on top...

Covid-19 outbreak in foreign workers’ dorms, most Singaporeans show compassion with a few exceptions

Singapore—On the Facebook page “The Straits Times Comment Section,” which is not connected to The Straits Times (ST), a post about the lack of empathy of some Singaporeans toward foreign workers got so much attention that netizens looked up the original ST post on...

Writer Sudhir T Vadaketh speaks about Singapore’s attitude towards migrant workers in “Twilight of the elites, SG edition”

Singapore—While the rapid rise in coronavirus cases among foreign workers, as well as their poor and overcrowded living conditions, have been much in the news, another trend has emerged as well, the attitude of many Singaporeans toward these workers. Writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh, who often...

Real lessons from Covid-19: Singaporeans must embrace diversity—Donald Low

Singapore—Much has been written about how Singapore has become the world’s cautionary tale, and how the “gold standard” of how to tackle the crisis has lost its shine due to a steep rise in coronavirus cases among the country’s foreign workers. Commenting on this, Donald...

Gold standard no more? Singapore’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak begins to tarnish

Singapore—Once considered the “gold standard” by many nations for its measures to address the coronavirus outbreak, the Singaporean Government is now facing criticism due to the rising number of local cases confirmed for Covid-19, as well as other issues that have recently surfaced, including...

Singapore experts weigh in on the Covid-19 situation

Singapore – Professors and Research Associates from Singapore’s top universities have shared their insights on the Covid-19 pandemic based on their respective fields of expertise, noting that more attention should be placed on foreign worker dormitories if the country hopes to turn the corner...

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 10, 2020

As of 8 am, April 10, 2020: World Count There are now 1,579,690 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in 176 countries. The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases worldwide, with 457,035, followed by Spain (153,222) and Italy (143,626). In the US, New York now has...

Video of workers crammed in Punggol Dormitory circulates

A video taken of the workers crammed in to supposedly the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol made its way round the internet yesterday (Apr 7). In the video, throngs of men were seen eating, walking and standing around together, all with no social distancing being practiced. According...

Josephine Teo promises to raise standards in foreign workers’ dormitories after Covid-19 crisis

Singapore—On the same day that a story was published in The Straits Times (ST) showing the poor living conditions at a foreign workers’ dormitory, Josephine Teo, the country’s Manpower Minister, said in a Facebook post that the standards in these dormitories undoubtedly need to...