Singapore Reports 386 New Covid-19 Cases, Total Near 3,000

Cases involving dormitories are rising sharply, says Singapore.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 – Singapore has recorded 386 new confirmed Covid-19 cases as of yesterday, bringing the total infections in the country to 2,918.

Deaths have increased a total of nine, of which one was from yesterday involving a 65-year-old male Singapore citizen.

“A total of 26 cases have been discharged and 586 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities,” Channel News Asia reported Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) as saying.

“Of the 1,158 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Twenty-nine are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 1,165 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities,” MOH said in its update.

Apart from that, four new clusters were found, including door supplier CitiWall, ABC Hostel at Jalan Kubor and another two dormitories. ​​​​​​​

From the total 2,918 cases, 280 are linked to existing clusters, with most of them holding work permit holders.

The largest cluster, S11 Dormitory @ Punggol recorded 222 new cases linked to the dorm, bringing the total in the cluster to 586 confirmed cases.

One cluster, SAFRA Jurong, has been closed.

“As there have been no more cases linked to the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed,” Channel News Asia cited MOH as saying.

“The number of imported cases rose around mid-March due to a large number of returnees, but has since come down to zero. The number of cases in the community increased following a wave of new imported cases, but has seen some moderation in recent days in light of safe distancing measures put in place earlier.”

“However, the number of work permit and dormitory-related cases has increased sharply and this is likely to go up, especially as authorities undertake ‘more aggressive testing’ in dormitories,” said MOH.

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