SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s manpower ministry said authorities were investigating the possibility of COVID-19 re-infections among residents in a migrant workers’ dormitory, after finding more positive cases in the facility.
Authorities had conducted COVID-19 tests on all residents at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory after a 35-year-old worker was found positive on April 20 as part of routine testing.
The worker had completed his second vaccination dose on April 13. His room-mate also tested positive.
To date, 10 workers who previously showed a positive serology test result were found to be COVID-19 positive. Serology tests indicate past infection.
“These cases were immediately isolated and conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) to investigate for possible re-infection,” the manpower ministry said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.
The Straits Times newspaper reported, without citing sources, that plans were now being made to move hundreds of workers to a quarantine facility.
Singapore last reported more than 10 cases among dormitory residents in September, with barely any new infections over the last few months.
The city-state has largely brought the virus under control locally.
The bulk of its more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started, occurred in the cramped dormitories that house mainly South Asian low-wage workers, triggering lockdowns of the facilities.
The workers in the dormitories are still mostly separated from the rest of the population in the city-state, being mainly only allowed out of their residence for work.
Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Need Your Help Today. Your $1 can change life.