10 ‘recovered’ workers from Woodlands dorm confirmed as COVID-19 cases

Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE - JUNE 08:  Workers prepare to start work at a construction site of a quick-build dormitory on June 8, 2020 in Singapore. The government announced that it will build up to eight quick build dormitories to house the migrant workers who have been cleared of COVID-19. The temporary structures which can last about two to three years can house about 25,000 people. To date, Singapore has reported a total of 37,910 of COVID-19 infections, with the vast majority linked to crowded migrant workers dormitories.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Workers at a construction site in Singapore. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Ten “recovered” workers living in Westlite Woodlands Dormitory were found to be infected with COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower said late Wednesday (21 April).

In a statement, MOM said a 35-year-old migrant worker from the dorm was tested for COVID-19 as part of rostered routine testing. His close contacts at the dormitory and workplace were swiftly isolated and placed on quarantine, MOM added.

One person placed under quarantine who is a room-mate of this case was found to be COVID-19 positive at a dedicated quarantine facility. Thereafter, COVID-19 tests were conducted on all residents at the dorm, where the 10 recovered workers were found to have COVID-19.

“These cases were immediately isolated and conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) to investigate for possible re-infection,” MOM said.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday including one infection in the community and 14 imported cases, taking the country's total case count to 60,880.

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