Maid agencies say no news for virus testing

Local | 8 Aug 2020 6:33 pm

Several major foreign domestic helper agencies have not yet received sample bottles for Covid-19 tests, after the government announced on Thursday night that it would test all helpers living in boarding facilities. 

The government’s latest move came after two helpers from Indonesia living in boarding houses were diagnosed with the virus, triggering fears that possible clusters might develop among those who resided with them. 

According to Headline Daily, the Standard’s sister paper, some domestic agencies still haven’t heard from health officials, nor received sampling equipment. 

On average, around 10 to 20 domestic helpers stay in most boarding houses. But since the Immigration Department can only offer limited services to deal with contracts for domestic helpers, the number of foreign domestic workers living in boarding houses is still unstable. 

At present, the government is providing free tests for what it says are high-risk groups, including foreign helpers living in boarding houses, taxi drivers and restaurant staff.

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