95 more dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 with effect from July 29, said the Ministry of Manpower in a release. These comprise one Purpose-Built Dormitory (PBD), 78 Factory-Converted Dormitories and 16 Construction Temporary Quarters.
In addition, 12 Blocks for Recovered Workers (BRWs) in six PBDs have also been cleared.
“Of the 12 BRWs cleared today, one is from Kian Teck Hostel. With this, the entire Kian Teck Hostel has been declared cleared of COVID-19. This takes the total number to 975 dormitories and 64 BRWs in 17 PBDs cleared of COVID-19,” said the statement.
MOM also said that as of July 28, approximately 262,000 workers (about 85%) have either recovered or have been tested to be free from the virus.
It added that many of them are staying in cleared dormitories or BRWs and can resume work once dormitory operators, employers and workers have made the necessary preparations to complete the three required steps that will “help minimise the risk for new infections as the workers go to work on a daily basis”.