No new COVID-19 cluster reported in Singapore for the first time in more than 6 weeks

No new COVID-19 cluster reported in Singapore for the first time in more than 6 weeks

S11 dormitory Singapore
View of the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol in Singapore on Apr 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: For the first time in more than six weeks, no new COVID-19 cluster was identified in Singapore on Sunday (May 24).

According to data from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the last time there were no new clusters was on Apr 8, a day after the "circuit breaker" period in Singapore began.

Singapore on Sunday reported 548 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total number of coronavirus infections to 31,616. The majority of the cases are foreign workers living in dormitories.

The health ministry's COVID-19 daily press release on Sunday detailed new coronavirus case links to 69 clusters.

S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, which has a residential capacity of 13,000, is the largest cluster in Singapore. Eighty-eight additional cases were linked to S11 on Sunday, taking the total number of COVID-19 infetions linked to the dormitory to 2,679.

Other dormitories with large clusters include Sungei Tengah Lodge with 1,952 cases, Tuas View Dormitory with 1,319 infections and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory with 1,066 cases. 

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Since the start of the circuit breaker, Singapore reported the highest daily number of new COVID-19 clusters on Apr 30. On that day, it reported 12 new clusters, including one at the Institute of Mental Health.

It was also the only time since Apr 7 when the daily number of new clusters in Singapore hit double digits.

Since May 19, the number of new COVID-19 clusters reported ranged between one or two locations.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article said that there are 69 active clusters. This is incorrect. The health ministry's press release on Sunday contained details of 69 clusters where new linked cases had been identified. We apologise for the error. 

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Source: CNA/lk

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