Photo of Singapore foreign worker dorm from Straits Times

Stricter public measures enforced are not working, with the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore worsening faster than ever. The Ministry of Health reported a record 120 new cases today, with the bulk of 76 being foreign workers.

There are now a total of 1,309 cases. The Health Ministry also said they lost track of the number linked to existing clusters, and they do not have the figures of unlinked cases.

The two main foreign worker cluster is S11 dormitory in Punggol and Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, with 62 cases and 28 cases respectively.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced that more than 20,000 foreign workers will be put on quarantined, and that she is housing workers for essential services separately from those in private construction projects.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong also told state media that he is irritated by the number of queries over the shutting down of essential services:

“People have been asking since Friday’s announcement what counts as an essential service and what activities are still allowed once the measures kick in. We are responding to all the businesses asking questions, and let’s make it very clear. If your business is not in the list of essential services, you either have to telecommute 100 per cent or you stop work altogether.”