KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 – Singapore’s total Covid-19 cases have surpassed 18,000, with 657 new cases recorded on May 3.
The country’s total coronavirus cases now stand at 18,205.
Another death was reported on Sunday – a female Singaporean citizen aged 86, and had a history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia. Her passing brings Singapore’s coronavirus death toll to 18.
“The number of cases amongst migrant workers has been fluctuating in recent days due to clearance of backlogged cases by one laboratory,” said Channel News Asia (CNA), citing the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Out of the new cases, 626 are work permit holders residing in dormitories, 18 are work permit holders living outside dormitories, three are work pass holders, and 10 are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
A total of 61 patients were discharged yesterday from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing total recovered cases to 1,408. A total of 1,630 confirmed cases are currently still in hospital.
“Of these, most are stable or improving, and 22 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 15,149 are isolated and cared for at community facilities,” said CNA.
“The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 21 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 11 per day in the past week.”
“The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 13 cases per day in the week before, to an average of five per day in the past week,” added the ministry.
Last week, the government announced the easing of its lockdown, dubbed the circuit breaker, which is in the fourth week now, as selected operations will be allowed to resume this month.
These include traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, who can start acupuncture services for pain management from May 5; as well as home-based food businesses, selected food retail outlets and food manufacturing firms that can resume operations from May 12.
Some students will also be allowed to go back to school from May 19. These students include those who are taking national exams this year and those in need of additional help.
The rest of the circuit breaker restrictions will remain until June 1.