Singapore: Foreign worker dormitories and Covid-19…

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By JANICE LIM

Published09 APRIL, 2020
UPDATED 09 APRIL, 2020

SINGAPORE — A number of foreign workers are now housed in eight blocks along Redhill Close, with another 13 blocks in the estate in the midst of being refurbished to resettle more.

The National Development Ministry said in response to media queries that there is an urgent need to house foreign workers who are healthy and working in essential services away from the foreign worker dormitories. This is so that they can continue to deliver essential services, in areas like cleaning and facilities management.

The moving of these foreign workers into the 3-room flats in these blocks will be done progressively, as its refurbishment completes in the next few weeks.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and activate other locations if needed, to provide alternative accommodation for workers,” read the statement.

These Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks at Redhill had earlier undergone the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, a programme which involved the redevelopment of older housing estates by relocating the residents there to newer ones.

The 878 units in the estate had been empty for over a year after being vacated by the previous owners.


Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/some-healthy-foreign-workers-essential-services-moved-their-dormitories-redhill-close?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-09/thousands-in-dorms-pose-new-challenge-to-singapore-virus-fight?utm_source=url_link

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