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Pre-recorded prayers played in dormitories for migrant workers celebrating Diwali in Singapore

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Prerecorded religious prayers and greetings from the chief priests of various Hindu temples in Singapore were shared with migrant workers via social media as part of the Diwali celebrations on Saturday, according to a media report.

Several organizations also came together to distribute gifts to workers in 144 dormitories that house migrant workers, including Indian nationals working in labor-intensive industries here.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the shores of Singapore, migrant workers in dormitories were hit the hardest, with tens of thousands of people infected.

Many were quarantined or locked up in an effort to control the spread of the disease, and restrictions were placed on what they could do the rest of the days. Currently, they are still largely restricted to their workplaces and bedrooms, or places approved as recreation centers.

“The last few months have been very challenging for our migrant brothers in the dormitories. They have cooperated with the measures implemented by the authorities and in general have taken all the controls in the right spirit … (It is) opportune during this festive period to recognize and praise the contributions of some of the true heroes of this pandemic: the workers. themselves, ”said Yeo Guat Kwang, President of the Migrant Workers Center (MWC) on Saturday.

More than 1,000 volunteers participated in the initiative organized by the Assurance, Care and Engagement Group (Ace) of the Ministry of Manpower, the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) and the Coordinating Council of Sikh Institutions (CCSI), reported The Straits Times.

From November 12-14, workers received gift packages containing sweet and savory delicacies such as murukku and laddu, which were contributed by the three organizers, various Hindu temples, Sikh Gurdwaras and Indian International School here.

Meanwhile, Singapore reported two imported cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said, adding that they have been assigned a stay-at-home notice upon arrival here.

There was no locally transmitted infection for the fourth consecutive day.

The 12 imported cases, reported on Friday, came from France, India, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Myanmar, Russia, France and the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

Fifty COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, while 28 were recovering in isolated community facilities as of Friday.

With six patients discharged on Friday, 58,008 people have made a full recovery from the disease in Singapore. PTI GS MRJ MRJ

Hindustan Times

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