2 more COVID-19 deaths as Singapore reports 799 new cases

2 more COVID-19 deaths as Singapore reports 799 new cases

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Cochrane Lodge 2 dormitory was gazetted in April as an isolation area to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 799 new COVID-19 cases as of 12pm on Monday (Apr 27), taking the national tally to 14,423, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary release of figures.

In a later update, MOH announced two more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients who have died from the illness in Singapore to 14. 

Cases 1595 and 9682 were male Singapore citizens aged 82 and 81 respectively. They died from complications due to COVID-19 on Monday, said MOH.

Case 1595 was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Apr 8, while case 9682 tested positive on Apr 20.

The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) has reached out to their families and is extending assistance to them.

There were 18 infections transmitted in the community, of which fourteen cases were Singaporeans or permanent residents, while four cases were work pass holders.

A total of 764 of Monday's cases are work permit holders residing in dormitories, while 17 are work permit holders living outside of dormitories. 

Of the new cases, 51 per cent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

MOH COVID-19 cases chart Apr 27 Rafa Estrada

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Another 35 people were discharged following recovery. In all, 1,095 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

There are 1,451 confirmed cases still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and 20 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

Meanwhile, 11,863 cases are currently isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are cases that have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

ACACIA HOME AMONG 7 NEW CLUSTERS

Between Apr 20 and Apr 26, the ministry has uncovered links for 1,216 previously unlinked cases.

Seven new clusters were identified on Monday, including Acacia Home, a shelter for the destitute now linked to 14 new cases.

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Five of the earlier confirmed cases have now been linked to a new cluster at Hai Leck Engineering (12 Tuas Drive 1).

Four of the earlier confirmed cases have now been linked to a new cluster at Lingjack Dormitory (1 Woodlands Terrace).

Eight of the earlier confirmed cases have now been linked to a new cluster at 9 Gul Street 1.

A new cluster has formed at 3 Senoko Link, consisting of 11 earlier confirmed cases.

Eight of the earlier confirmed cases have now been linked to a new cluster at 44 Toh Guan Road East.

A new cluster at 2 Woodlands Industrial Park E1 has been linked to 22 of the earlier confirmed cases.

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Twelve residents of Acacia Home and two staff members were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Monday, and are warded at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, said MOH and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

The news comes after a 62-year-old resident of the home was earlier reported to have COVID-19 on Sunday. In total, 15 cases of the novel coronavirus are linked to the home.

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Singapore is now in a "circuit breaker" period to stem the spread of COVID-19. The circuit breaker was scheduled to end on May 4 but has been extended until Jun 1.

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will not hold a physical May Day Rally this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's May Day message will be simulcast on national television and streamed via several social media channels. 

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Source: CNA/zl

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