Minister Josephine Teo

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday confirmed that 40,000 foreign workers have been discharged from quarantine. However, an undisclosed number were discharged while still testing positive.

The PAP minister said 8,000 “either tested positive or negative”:

“More than 20,000 workers have recovered from the coronavirus and been rehoused at various temporary sites. A further 8,000 are dorm residents who have either tested negative for Covid-19 or tested positive but have since fully recovered, been discharged and are now living with their fellow workers.”

The move came after the Singapore government change it discharge criteria, allowing positive patients to discharge after 21 days in quarantine if they are “clinically well”.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has earlier promised that these positive patients are no longer infectious. There is no medical evidence, and Singapore is the only country in the world to adopt such practice.