The effects of COVID-19 has been taking a toll among Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore as their employers forbid them to take a day off and leave the house, a report released by GMA NEWS.
According to reports, the country raised the highest alert level because of the rising number of novel coronavirus patients. Even businesses in the country were gravely affected.
One OFW working as store manager of a famous clothing brand in Singapore claimed that the number of customers declined by 70%, dragging their sales down. This has affected them in a way as they were obliged to use their leave credits as well as shorten working hours.
Even the number of tourists became less because of the travel ban and the residents also chose to stay at home.
Recently, the Ministry of Health in Singapore reported a second case of Filipino infected by COVID-19. Identified as Case 102, the 41-year-old Filipino domestic helper tested positive of COVID-19 on Sunday alongside her employer, a 61-year-old Singaporean.
The Filipino is currently staying in the isolation room of Teng Fong General Hospital. The first Filipino who was infected with COVID-19, identified as Case 89, was released from the hospital after staying there for one week.
Currently, there are a total of 106 COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 74 out of which were already discharged, 32 are still staying in the hospital and seven were admitted at the intensive care units.