Singapore is organizing to house hundreds of overseas workers in places to stay vessels generally utilized for offshore and marine industry staff members as it races to look for options to dormitories where the novel coronavirus has been spreading swiftly.
Thousands of migrant workers, many from South Asia, are now living in crowded dormitories across Singapore, which have got to be the most important source of coronavirus infections in the latest days.
Authorities are moving some of the healthy people of those facilities to other sites like military services camps, an exhibition center, vacant public housing blocks and the accommodation vessels, which they have termed “floating hotels”.
“Each facility can hold a few hundred occupants and can be suitably organized to achieve safe distancing,” Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan stated in a Facebook article on Sunday after he visited one of the vessels.
They are docked in a restricted area in a port terminal, Khaw said.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore stated it was using the services of terminal operator PSA Singapore, Keppel Corp’s rig-building unit, floating accommodation barge provider Bibby Maritime Ltd and serviced apartment operator The Ascott Ltd to bring in and manage two floating accommodations.
Khaw released photographs of a basic, clean cabin with three beds covered in blue linen, and said the residents would be able to use a deck for an hour of exercise every day.
Meals will be prepared off-site and delivered to the cabins to minimize intermingling. A medical facility is also being set up nearby on land.
Singapore reported 233 new coronavirus cases on Sunday taking its total to 2,532, eight of whom have died.