The foreign workers would be a stress point” of Singapore in its fight against coronavirus, Singapore’s ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Still, it would have made little difference in containing the spike in numbers, said Chan Heng Chee. Singapore was lauded globally for managing the outbreak well when the virus first spread throughout the world. But cases have soared in the last month, and most of those infected have been migrant workers.
On managing infection rates among the workers, Chan said: “Could we have moved people out earlier? We could have, but I don’t think it would have made a difference in transmission, maybe not at this rate, because they would be going to work, they would be cooking together in communal activities, and they would be going to the mall.”