Singapore's COVID-19 cases exceed 25,000; new daily high of 958 patients discharged

Singapore's COVID-19 cases exceed 25,000; new daily high of 958 patients discharged

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Foreign workers are seen with masks at Tuas View Dormitory on May 6, 2020. Tuas View Dormitory has been gazetted as an isolation area to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore exceeded 25,000 on Wednesday (May 13), with 675 new infections reported as of noon. 

This brings the national tally to 25,346 cases. 

A total of 958 more patients were discharged, a new daily high. In all, 4,809 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 1,037 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving while 19 are in a critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

Of the new cases, 671 are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.

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MOH COVID-19 cases chart May 13

MOH said it continues 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, as part of its  process to verify and test the status of all workers.

There were no imported cases and no new cases among work permit holders residing outside dormitories. 

Of the four cases in the community, two are Singaporeans, including a 73-year-old woman who is currently an unlinked case. 

The other case, a 48-year-old man, had been deployed for operations duties at CDPL Tuas Dormitory. The dormitory at 6 Tuas South Street 15 is a COVID-19 cluster which currently has a total of 309 confirmed cases. 

The two other community cases are work pass holders. 




"The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of eight cases per day in the week before, to an average of six per day in the past week. 

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of three cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week," the ministry said. 

Of the new cases, 99 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. More details can be found in the ministry's daily situation report

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Six new clusters were reported - 3 Kian Teck Crescent, 119 Neythal Road, 1 Sungei Kadut Street 4, 1020 Tai Seng Avenue, 17C Tuas Road and 29 Tuas View Walk 2. 

A total of 19,479 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

The official COVID-19 death toll stands at 21, with no more deaths reported on Wednesday.




SOME SERVICES RESUME OPERATIONS

Tuesday marked the first day certain shops and services were allowed to operate after three weeks of enhanced "circuit breaker" measures announced on Apr 21.

At a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force press conference on Tuesday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that while the number of community cases has fallen, Singapore must "remain vigilant" as circuit breaker restrictions are gradually lifted.

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Mr Gan added that authorities have also drawn up plans to allow migrant workers living in dormitories to return to work safely when some economic activities restart.

A total of 20,000 migrant workers who have COVID-19 are expected to be discharged by the end of the month.

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Source: CNA/dv(cy)

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