Singapore’s Covid-19 infections increase with 548 new cases

A security guard hands out disposable gloves outside the supermarket of Mustafa Centre. (AP pic)

SINGAPORE: Singapore has preliminarily confirmed an additional 548 Covid-19 cases as of noon today, bringing the total tally to 31,616. The number of patients recovering is 13,882.

The data on new cases showed that only three were Singaporeans or permanent residents while the vast majority constitutes migrant workers living in dormitories, said a statement by the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH).

In full data released late Saturday, Singapore classified 1,682 as community cases, 580 as imported cases and 28,806 foreign workers residing in dorms.

The ministry said the number of new cases in the community has increased from an average of five cases per day in the week before, to an average of seven per day in the past week.

“This is partly due to our active surveillance and screening of nursing home residents and pre-school staff, which have picked up more cases in the past week,” said the MOH.

As of Saturday, 711 confirmed cases remain hospitalised with eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit. To date, 23 have died.

The ministry said 16,452 who have mild symptoms, or clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19, have been isolated and cared for at community facilities.

As there have been no more cases linked to Tuas South Incineration Plant and 234A Balestier Road for the past two incubation periods, the clusters have now been closed.

Two new clusters were identified on Saturday. The city-state’s largest cluster S11 Dormitory @ Punggol has a total of 2,591 confirmed cases.

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