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UPDATE 2-Singapore quarantines over 1,100 migrant workers, probes reinfections

Thu 22nd April, 2021 5:09am
* More than 1,100 dormitory residents in isolation
    * Singapore has largely brought virus under control 
    * Bulk of Singapore's cases have been in dormitories 

 (Changes sourcing on quarantining of residents, adds scene from
outside dormitory)
    By Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan
    SINGAPORE, April 22 (Reuters) - Singapore is quarantining
more than 1,100 migrant workers after about a dozen COVID-19
cases were found in a dormitory and was investigating the
possibility of re-infections among those who had recovered from
the virus.
    More than 1,100 workers from the dormitory will be
quarantined at government facilities for 14 days, the dormitory
operator said in a letter to clients circulated on social media.
    Centurion Corp  CNCL.SI , which owns the Westlite Woodlands
dormitory, confirmed the authenticity of the letter.   
    Authorities conducted COVID-19 tests on residents of the
dormitory after one worker was found positive on Tuesday during
routine testing. 
    The worker had received a second vaccination dose a week
earlier and his roommate also tested positive. 
    To date, at least 10 recovered workers have tested positive
for COVID-19. 
    "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 on Wednesday.  
    A Reuters journalist saw about 10 buses lined up near the
dormitory compound on Thursday, taking dozens of men out of the
    The bulk of Singapore's more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases
occurred in dormitories that house tens of thousands of mainly
South Asian low-wage workers, triggering lockdowns of the
premises last year.
    Singapore has largely brought the virus under control
locally and has also been rolling out vaccinations. It last
reported more than 10 cases in a single day among dormitory
residents in September, with barely any new infections over the
last few months. 
    The health ministry has previously said vaccines were
effective in preventing symptomatic disease but further research
was required on whether they also prevented onward transmission.
    Concerns have been growing over new variants of the virus
and the effectiveness of existing vaccines against them.
    While the potential for re-infection has existed, these
cases came sooner than expected, said Hsu Li Yang, an infectious
diseases expert at the National University of Singapore. 
     The dormitory workers are still mostly separated from the
rest of the population, typically only allowed out of their
residence for work.
    Meanwhile, Singapore's transport ministry said it hoped a
long-delayed air travel bubble with Hong Kong would start soon,
but no date had been fixed yet.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nP8N2GX016

 (Reporting by Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore
Additional reporting by Edgar Su
Editing by Ed Davies)
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