South Korean province orders Covid-19 testing of foreigners, sparking complaints

South Korean province orders Covid-19 testing of foreigners, sparking complaints

The Straits Times - Asia·2021-03-15 19:05

ANSAN (REUTERS) - South Korea's most populous province has ordered all of its foreign workers to be tested for Covid-19 by March 22, sparking complaints of long lines and logistical problems, as well as of implicit xenophobia in government messaging.

Last week, Gyeonggi province issued a sweeping administrative order mandating all international workers be tested after at least 275 foreigners tested positive, many in outbreaks at manufacturing plants. The province says the order covers roughly 85,000 registered foreigners as well as an unknown number of potential undocumented workers, while those who don't comply could face fines of up to three million won (S$3,600).

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