SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 753 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (May 9), taking the country's total to 22,460.
A total of 739 of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update.
There were three new cases among work permit holders residing outside dormitories.
This number has decreased from an average of 14 cases per day in the week before to an average of 11 per day in the past week, MOH said.
Singapore reported 11 new cases in the community, of which six are Singaporeans – including a resident of Acacia welfare home – three are permanent residents, and two are work pass holders.
Two of the permanent residents worked at the Tanah Merah Coast Road worksite.
"The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 12 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 per day in the past week.
"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week," the ministry said.
Nine new COVID-19 clusters were also identified: 3 Buroh Lane, 9 Defu South Street 1, 44 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, 45 Kaki Bukit Place, 20 Kranji Road, 2 Pioneer Sector Walk, 69 Tuas South Avenue 1, 3 Tuas View Circuit and 212 Woodlands Industrial Park E5.
Three additional cases have also been linked to the existing cluster at Northpoint City, which now has 18 confirmed cases.
The new cases include two Singaporean men, aged 60 and 77, who worked at the Yishun shopping mall as cleaners. The elderly men are contacts of both Case 3003 and Case 3682.
Further details on the clusters can be found on the ministry's website.
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MOH added that 256 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 2,296 have fully recovered from COVID-19.
There are currently 1,124 confirmed cases in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, while 23 are in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 19,020 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. Twenty people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
EASING OF CIRCUIT BREAKER MEASURES
Singapore is entering its sixth week of a "circuit breaker" period to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
After a drop in COVID-19 cases in the local community, Singapore eased some restrictions from May 5, including allowing residents to exercise in the common areas of strata-titled residential buildings such as private condominiums. Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture was also allowed to resume for pain management.
Some businesses, including hairdressers and home-based food businesses, will also be allowed to resume operations from May 12, with a gradual resumption of selected activities and services over a few weeks.
As part of the gradual easing of circuit breaker measures, schools will start to bring back students in small groups for face-to-face lessons from May 19, with priority given to graduating cohorts.
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong cautioned in a press conference on Friday that Singaporeans should not rush to go out when businesses reopen on May 12.
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“I know some people may not have had a haircut for some time, but there is no need to rush to go out to have a haircut on May 12. There will be time to do so," said Mr Wong, speaking at a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force press conference.
“We are making progress because of the circuit breaker and we should continue to do our part to comply with the measures for the rest of the circuit breaker period. We should remain vigilant and not take any chances,” he said.