[Updated 6 Aug 2020]
Testing of all migrant workers in the dormitories will be completed by 7 August 2020. In other words, all dormitories will be COVID-cleared, with the exception of several standalone blocks which serve as quarantine facilities.
Workers in these quarantine facilities will be tested when their isolation ends. Case counts will remain high.
After completing their isolation, most of the workers will be able to resume work, as soon as dormitory operators and their employers complete the necessary preparations to do so in a safe manner.
With the completion of dormitory clearance, and facilitation of resumption of work by sector agencies, the vast majority of dormitory residents is expected to be able to resume work by mid- to late August.
The circuit breaker measures so far have helped to substantially reduce COVID-19 infections, with the number of new cases in the community falling to 8 new cases daily, as of 12 May.
Progress has been made in controlling the outbreak in the migrant worker dormitories:
Systematic clearance of dorms
As of 12 May, more than 32,000 migrant workers have been tested and more than 3,000 workers are tested daily.
In anticipation of measures being eased after the circuit breaker period ends, there is a need to ensure the health of all migrant workers before they return to work.
Hence, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has in place a plan to systematically test all workers in the dormitories. This involves the use of both COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and serological tests.
COVID-19 PCR tests:
Strategy will involve both tests
Dorms with higher levels of infection
All other dorms
Read more here.