Singapore mulls placing workers who recover from COVID-19 on cruise ships
SINGAPORE: Singapore is assessing whether migrant workers who have recovered from coronavirus might be safer on cruise ships than back in dormitories that have become infection hotbeds, despite problems controlling onboard outbreaks encountered elsewhere.
The city-state has seen virus cases surge in sprawling housing complexes for foreign laborers, recording its biggest ever jump in cases on Thursday, and is looking for new accommodation solutions for hundreds of workers.
Around 60% of the 4,427 people infected on the island stay in dormitories, where mainly South Asian laborers live 12 to 20 in a room, and share toilets in conditions some workers have said are unsanitary.
“Cruise ships are being considered as they have readily available rooms and en-suite toilets to minimize person-to-person contact,” the city-state’s tourism board said in an e-mailed statement on Friday. – Reuters