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It is time to look carefully at what Singapore migrant workers eat.

Brief: The pandemic had thrown open the closed world of how migrant workers live and work and one issue needs addressing — how poor their diets are, says one observer who also offers a solution.

According to a study published by the United States National Institute of Health, “Poor nutritional status predisposes to certain infections”. Renata Micha, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and co-author of the UN Global Nutrition Report states that “Undernourished people have a weaker immune system which puts them at greater risk of severe illness due to virus”. The science is…


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Singapore's economy is taking a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment figures are not out yet, but in spite of the Job Support Scheme, there will be a lot of working people feeling the brunt of the slow down. The JSS grant for businesses that are not in aviation, tourism or food services is just 25 percent of wages of up to $4,600. It is going to be very tough for an employer whose business is shuttered, or drastically reduced, to keep idle workers on the payroll when 75 percent or more is still coming from the company. …

Donald Hanson

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