Singapore is preparing to house hundreds of foreign workers on housing ships, typically used for offshore and marine workers, to find alternatives to dormitories where the novel corona virus has spread rapidly.
Tens of thousands of migrant workers, many from South Asia, live in cramped dormitories across Singapore that have become the largest source of coronavirus infections in recent days.
Authorities are moving some of the healthy residents of these facilities to other locations, including military camps, an exhibition center, vacant public apartment blocks, and the accommodation ships they call "floating hotels."
"Each facility can accommodate a few hundred inmates and can be organized to achieve safe distance," Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post on Sunday after visiting one of the ships.
They are docked in a restricted area in a port terminal, said Khaw.
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority announced that it is working with terminal operator PSA Singapore, the rig building unit of Keppel Corp, floating accommodation provider Bibby Maritime Ltd, and serviced apartment operator The Ascott Ltd to set up and manage two floating accommodations.
Khaw posted photos of a simple, clean, three-bed, blue-linen cabin and said residents could use a deck for an hour's movement every day.
Meals are prepared off-site and delivered to the cabins to minimize mixing. A medical facility is set up nearby on land.
Singapore reported 233 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a total of 2,532, of which eight have died.
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