Foreign workers exercise on the balcony of their dormitory rooms on April 21, 2020 in Singapore. Singapore is now battling to control a huge outbreak in the coronavirus local transmission cases among the migrant workers.
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Previously a poster child for its efficient handling of the coronavirus spread, Singapore is now back in the spotlight as it struggles to contain a new outbreak among a section of its population — migrant workers.
Singapore had stepped up measures in the past three weeks, including closing schools and non-essential workplaces, in what has been termed a “circuit breaker.” Those measures were further extended to June 1 with more non-essential services being suspended and tighter mobility restrictions imposed, the government announced Tuesday.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the city-state has spiked in the past month — from about 1,000 cumulative cases on April 1 to more than 10,000 today. Most of the newly infected patients are…