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On most days, there are zero new coronavirus cases among migrant workers in Singapore, who bore the brunt of the city-state’s outbreak this year. But as the government prepares for its final phase of reopening this month, those workers will not be part of it.

Low-wage migrant laborers, most of them from South Asia, are a crucial part of the Singaporean economy, especially in construction and shipyards. The outbreak among the workers, who make up 93% of Singapore’s 58,000 official cases, and the government’s handling of it have renewed long-standing questions about how the country treats foreign workers, and data released by the government this week showed that their infection rate was three times higher than previously reported.

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