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‘I prayed a lot’: Confined for months, a migrant worker saw the grip Covid-19 had on sufferers

To celebrate Deepavali, Mr Shermaraja Arunachalam, a scissors-lift operator, would usually go shopping for new clothes and have a mass cookout with his dormitory mates. Away from his family and home in Tamil Nadu, India, those festive get-togethers helped to ease his homesickness.

This year, things will not be the same.

Mr Shermaraja is among more than 300,000 migrant workers in Singapore who have endured lockdown-like conditions since April.


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