Singapore reports 884 new COVID-19 cases, new daily high of 626 patients discharged

Singapore reports 884 new COVID-19 cases, new daily high of 626 patients discharged

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Foreign workers at the common corridor in 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: Singapore reported 884 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (May 12), taking the country's total to 24,671.

A total of 877 of the cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update. 

"The number of new cases from the testing of workers with acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms and their contacts remains stable. 

"But the number of daily cases continues to rise as we are also testing the workers who are well and asymptomatic, as part of our process to verify and test the status of every worker," the ministry said.

MOH added that it had started "intensive testing" at purpose-built dormitories, and is now doing so for the factory-converted dormitories.

Three other cases are work permit holders residing outside dormitories. MOH said the number of such cases has decreased, from an average of seven cases per day in the week before, to an average of six per day in the past week.

Of the four cases in the community, three are Singaporeans and one is a work pass holder. 

may 12 graphic for moh cases

MOH said 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 seven per day in the past week.

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

Of the new cases, MOH said 98 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in the ministry's daily situation report.

MORE CASES FROM PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SECTOR

There have been two more cases linked to the public healthcare sector. 

Case 24016 is a 63-year-old Singaporean woman who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on May 11 and is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

She is employed as a nurse clinician at Singapore General Hospital but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms.

Case 24255 is a 55-year-old Singaporean woman who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on May 11 and is currently warded at Changi General Hospital (CGH).

Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work for a few hours as a patient service associate at CGH.

RECORD NUMBER OF DISCHARGED PATIENTS

MOH said an additional 626 patients have been discharged, a new daily high. 

In all, 3,851 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 1,132 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving while 20 are in a critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 19,667 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. 

TWO DEATHS NOT LINKED TO COVID-19

MOH reported two more deaths in COVID-19 cases that were not linked to the disease.

Case 23908, a 50-year-old male Thai national, died on May 12. He had been sent to the emergency department at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital after suffering respiratory arrest on May 10. 

He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection the next day. MOH said the cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage.

Case 24013, a 31-year-old male Indian national, died on May 10. He had collapsed after complaining of chest pain while at his dormitory. 

He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on May 11, after his demise. MOH said the cause of death was coronary thrombosis.





Seven new clusters were reported: 45 Kian Teck Drive, 3 Loyang Way 6, 36 Senoko Road, 7 Senoko South Road, 3 Sungei Kadut Avenue, 46 Tech Park Crescent, 5 Woodlands Industrial Park E1.

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SINGAPORE MUST REMAIN CAREFUL AND VIGILANT

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said at a media conference on Tuesday that while the Government hopes to ease more "circuit breaker" measures by Jun 1 if new cases of infection remain low, members of the public should not be complacent. 

“As we gradually lift the circuit breaker measures, there is a risk that the community cases may rise again. This has been the experience of many countries which have seen a second wave of infections after relaxing their social distancing measures."

Singapore has to remain “very careful, remain vigilant and minimise the risk of any sharp rise in cases, or large clusters in the community", he said.

Regarding the number of migrant workers who have COVID-19, Mr Gan said this number is likely to “remain high for some time” while aggressive testing is carried out to progressively clear those living in dormitories, so that they can safely return to work when the time comes.

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said 20,000 workers who have COVID-19 are expected be discharged by the end of the month, with more expected to recover by June. 

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Singapore has had to lower its COVID-19 testing capacity over the past few days due to an issue at one of the laboratories, which resulted in 33 "false positive" cases.

Authorities are giving the lab time to properly recalibrate and revalidate its test kits as well as work through its "quality assurance processes", said MOH's director of medical services Kenneth Mak.

Singapore was conducting close to 7,600 COVID-19 tests a day before the issue at the lab was detected, he said. 

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