Singapore's COVID-19 cases rise past 20,000 with 788 new infections; 2 more deaths

Singapore's COVID-19 cases rise past 20,000 with 788 new infections; 2 more deaths

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A worker at Cochrane Lodge 2 dormitory on Apr 20, 2020. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 788 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (May 6), taking the country's total to 20,198.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two more deaths, a 97-year-old Singaporean woman and a 73-year-old Singaporean man.

The elderly woman, Case 1414, died on Tuesday night from complications due to COVID-19. She tested positive for the coronavirus on Apr 7 and had a history of hypertension. She is linked to the cluster at Lee Ah Mooi home.

The man, Case 1528, died on Wednesday from complications due to COVID-19. He tested positive for the coronavirus on Apr 7 and had a history of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes mellitus, MOH said. He is linked to the cluster at Mustafa shopping mall. 

Singapore's death toll from the disease is now 20.

Thirteen of the new cases were in the community, of which 11 are Singaporeans or permanent residents and two are work pass holders.

"The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 16 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 per day in the past week," the ministry said.

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme."

A 64-year-old Singaporean woman who was a patient at St Luke’s Hospital was among the 13 new cases in the community.

She tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The hospital said she had no symptoms of acute respiratory infection but was tested as part of the hospital's precautionary measures. 

The woman has been transferred to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

"The affected ward has undergone deep cleansing and disinfection. Testing of patients and staff working in the ward have started. None of them have symptoms of acute respiratory infection and will continue to be monitored. Contact tracing has also started," said St Luke's, a community hospital.

SEVEN NEW CLUSTERS

A total of 759 of the new cases are work permit holders residing in dormitories.

"We continue to pick up many more cases amongst work permit holders residing in dormitories, including in factory-converted dormitories, because of extensive testing in these premises," said MOH.

Sixteen cases are work permit holders residing outside dormitories. 



Of the new cases, MOH said 93 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. 

Seven new clusters were reported: 20 Benoi Lane, 5 Fourth Chin Bee Road, 36 and 38 Kian Teck Drive, Tampines Street 62, 14 Tech Park Crescent, 50A Tuas Link 4 and 35 Tuas View Walk 2.

The cluster at Wilby Residences at 25 Wilby Road has been closed as there have been no more cases linked to the cluster for the past 28 days.

More information about the clusters can be found on the MOH website. 

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MOH said 115 more patients have been discharged after making a full recovery. In all, 1,634 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

The ministry said there are currently 1,462 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. 

Of these, most are stable or improving, and 23 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 17,082 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These include those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

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More than four weeks have passed since Singapore rolled out elevated safe distancing measures as part of a "circuit breaker" period to fight the novel coronavirus.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong laid out some factors which would have to be considered before these measures are lifted.

This includes having the number of daily community cases falling to zero or single digits over a sustained period of time.

There also needs to be a fall in the number of migrant worker cases, said the minister. The majority of Singapore's COVID-19 cases are work permit holders living in dormitories.

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Source: CNA/nc/hs(mi)

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