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Singapore's entry ban on India worsens COVID labor crunch

Grueling workloads raise safety concerns while shortage pushes up wages

Singapore relies heavily on migrant workers from South Asia to perform labor-intensive jobs like construction and shipbuilding. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

SINGAPORE -- A coronavirus-induced labor shortage is deepening in Singapore, where fears of explosive outbreaks in South Asia prompted the government to cut off flows of workers the city-state relies on.

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