Singapore’s COVID-19 tests hint at huge number of migrant cases Apr 28, 2020 0 201 12345 DPAKuala LumpurSingapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday that 21,000 foreign workers have been tested for the new coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. Of that total of 21,000, Ministry of Health statistics released on Sunday showed 11,419 positive test results, numbers that suggest half the roughly 320,000 workers who sleep 10-20 to a room in crowded dormitories could be infected. The 5.8 million-population city-state had confirmed 14,423 cases of COVID-19 by Monday afternoon, meaning that around 80 percent of the city-state’s cases are among foreign workers who live in the dormitories. Of Monday’s 799 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, “the vast majority” were in the dormitories, according to the Ministry of Health. Singapore had just 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the start of April but imposed a lockdown, or “circuit breaker,” on April 7 after case numbers surged in the dormitories.With total global cases of COVID-19 nearing 3 million, Singapore’s caseload has jumped to the second-biggest in East and South-East Asia after China, slightly above Japan’s total of 13,585. Singapore’s death toll stands at 12, one of the world’s lowest.Around 200,000 foreign workers - mostly young males from countries across South and South-East Asia who work in sectors such as construction - live in 43 large government-sanctioned dormitories, with another 120,000 housed in a variety of smaller facilities, such as repurposed factories. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian medical body advises against using test kits from China Apr 28, 2020 0 512 Ardern cautiously optimistic as New Zealand set to ease restrictions Apr 28, 2020 0 426 Students return to class in Shanghai and Beijing Apr 28, 2020 0 592 North Korea’s Kim ‘alive and well’: Seoul AFP Seoul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well”, a top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in said, downplaying rumours over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary. .. Leading Pakistani cleric slammed for blaming pandemic on women AFP Islamabad A popular Pakistani cleric whose religious group has been blamed for spreading the coronavirus is facing ridicule after he suggested the pandemic was caused partly by the “immodesty” of women. Maulana .. UN rights chief urges Bangladesh to accept Rohingya boats AFP Dhaka A top UN official has urged Bangladesh to let two stranded boatloads of starving Rohingya Muslims land amid mounting fears on Monday over the fate of the refugees. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle .. Three Beijing activists missing after preserving virus articles online Beijing Three Beijing-based internet activists have disappeared and are believed to be detained by police for archiving censored coronavirus news stories online, according to a relative. China has faced criticism .. Thailand to extend state of emergency until May 31 amid coronavirus Bangkok Thailand’s government plans to extend a state of emergency by a month to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s coronavirus task force, said on Monday that .. Papua New Guinea seizes foreign-run gold mine AFP Sydney A gold mine in Papua New Guinea that generates around 10 percent of the country’s exports has suspended operations, a Canadian firm that runs it said, after the government refused to extend the 20-year-old ..