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Covid-19: Growing SingPost cluster caused by contractor who went to work while on MC

SINGAPORE — The SingPost cluster was caused by a contract worker who went to work while sick, the authorities revealed, as the cluster continues to grow with two more cases on Thursday (April 2).

All operational facilities at SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar have been disinfected, The Singapore Post said.

All operational facilities at SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar have been disinfected, The Singapore Post said.

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SINGAPORE — The SingPost cluster was caused by a contract worker who went to work while sick, the authorities revealed, as the cluster continues to grow with two more cases on Thursday (April 2).

With a number of SingPost workers serving quarantine orders, the Government is redeploying workers from other sectors to the postal service company, which said that there could be a delay in delivery of mail and packages up to three working days.

The SingPost cluster now has eight confirmed cases, of whom one is a contract staff member and seven are full-time employees, the company said.

It started when a contractor reported to work on March 19 while on medical leave, SingPost said. He later tested positive for Covid-19.

Between March 27 and April 2, seven full-time employees tested positive for the coronavirus, with dozens more quarantined as a precautionary measure.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, said: “This underscores the importance of staying at home and avoiding social interactions if unwell. Exercising social responsibility is key to our collective effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore.”

IMDA said that it is helping SingPost to minimise the impact of the infections on mail operations, including “facilitating SingPost’s recruitment of workers from other sectors who have been displaced” due to Covid-19.

“IMDA encourages workers looking for positions to reach out to SingPost for job opportunities,” the authority said.

It assured the public that based on expert advice, the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through the postal network and mail articles.

SingPost said that the two people who tested positive on Thursday are full-time employees working on the fifth floor of its mail processing facility.

“All affected staff are not postmen and have no contact with members of public through their line of work,” it said, adding that all operational facilities at SingPost Centre have been disinfected.

SingPost said that a “good number” of its employees are now under quarantine orders issued by the Ministry of Health, or placed on leave of absence as a precautionary measure to curb the spread.

To cope with the loss of manpower, SingPost has started reaching out to other companies to supplement the shortfall.

“With the increase in demand for domestic deliveries, we anticipate that we will require more manpower and will therefore work with industries with excess manpower to create more jobs in the immediate term,” it said.

It sought the public’s patience and understanding as it anticipates a delay in delivery of up to an extra three working days.

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