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COVID confinement stirs fears for Singapore migrants' mental health

Reports of self harm surface as workers go months without social interactions

A migrant worker sits on his bed in temporary living quarters for essential personnel in Singapore in May.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- As Singapore completes the testing of all migrant workers for COVID-19 on Friday -- a job it began months ago as the laborers' densely packed dormitories became coronavirus hotbeds -- it finds itself grappling with mental health issues breaking out in a community that has endured a prolonged period of constraints.

With cases of self-harm and apparent suicide attempts being reported, the government says it is "concerned" and "monitoring carefully" the situation.

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