SINGAPORE, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - A group of migrant workers visited the Little India region in Sing on Wednesdayapour for a first glimpse of freedom in over a year, as part of a pilot program to ease movement measures imposed to halt a spike in coronavirus infections in dormitories.
While the rest of Singapore returned to a semblance of normal life, low-wage foreign workers were mostly confined to accommodation, other than for the work, nearby leisure or essential errands.
Wednesday's trip is part of a program allowing up to 500 migrant workers to fully vaccinated to visit certain public places for six hours a week. The project will be evaluated after one month.
The financial center of Southeast Asia in April of last year imposed checks on tens of thousands of mostly South Asian workers after their often-dormitoriescramped became the epicenter of last year's epidemic.
Pilot covers only a fraction of the large population of migrant workers, who must take COVID -19 antigen tests quickly before and after the visits.
For the lucky few, it was the opportunity to browse their ancient haunts.
After praying in one of the temples in Little India, Ayyavu Ponnaiah said he was planning on shopping for the next few hours.
"I am very happy " he said.
Indian comrade Vairavan Karuppaiah, who works in construction, plans to visit a central store to buy new clothes.
The Ministry of Manpower started the program after more than 90% of the workers in the dormitories havet been vaccinated, above Singapore's overall inoculation rate of around 81%, one of the highest in the world. Written by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Martin Petty and Gerry Doyle
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