‘Tale of 2 outbreaks’: Singapore tackles a costly setback

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A second wave of coronavirus infections in tightly packed foreign workers’ dormitories has caught Singapore off guard, and exposed the danger of overlooking marginal groups in a health crisis. Infections in Singapore, an affluent Southeast Asian city-state of fewer than 6 million people, have jumped more than a hundredfold in two months — from 226 in mid-March to over 23,800, the most in Asia after China and India. About 89% of the cases are linked to foreign workers’ dorms that were a blind spot in the government’s praised crisis management. The government is now treating the dorm outbreak as separate from infections in the local community, a policy some say is discriminatory.