SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 741 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (May 7), including two healthcare workers and two quarantine order officers.
There are now 20,939 COVID-19 cases in the country. The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update of preliminary figures.
Seven of the new cases were cases in the community, of which five 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 14 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 per day in the past week," the health ministry said.
"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of seven 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 total of 725 of the new cases are work permit holders residing in dormitories. Nine are work permit holders residing outside dormitories.
"The number of new cases among work permit holders residing outside dormitories has decreased, from an average of 15 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 13 per day in the past week," MOH said.
"We continue to pick up many more cases among work permit holders residing in dormitories, including in factory-converted dormitories, because of extensive testing in these premises."
No imported cases were reported on Thursday.
TWO HEALTHCARE WORKERS AMONG COMMUNITY CASES
Two healthcare workers are among the community cases reported on Thursday.
A 43-year-old Singaporean, who had no recent travel history to affected countries or regions tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. He worked as a radiographer at the community care facility at Singapore Expo prior to his admission to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
He is the fourth person from the public healthcare sector who either worked or volunteered at the facility at the Singapore Expo to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The other healthcare worker, a 33-year-old Singaporean who had no recent travel history to affected countries or regions, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work for a few hours as a healthcare assistant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
SIX NEW CLUSTERS
Of the new cases, 87 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing, MOH said.
Six new clusters were reported: 5 Sixth Lok Yang Road, 98 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, 4 Sungei Kadut Avenue, 5 Tech Park Crescent, 3 Tuas Drive 1 and 52 Tuas View Square.
The cluster at Black Tap at 10 Bayfront Avenue has been closed as there have been no more cases linked to the cluster for the past 28 days.
More details on the clusters can be found on MOH's website.
MOH said 78 more patients have been discharged after making a full recovery. In all, 1,712 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 1,376 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 19 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, MOH said.
A total of 17,831 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.
Twenty people have died of the disease in Singapore.
More than four weeks have passed since Singapore rolled out elevated safe distancing measures as part of a "circuit breaker" period to curb the spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the number of cases in the country crossed the 20,000 mark.
Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong laid out some factors which would be considered before deciding if 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 vast majority of Singapore's COVID-19 cases are work permit holders living in dormitories.