1 Singapore resident among 544 new COVID-19 infections, total at 35,836

03-Jun-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a preliminary 544 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (2 June) noon, bringing the total to 35,836.

Of them, the vast majority are foreign workers living in dormitories, said the ministry.

“Based on our investigations so far, there are four cases in the community, of whom one is a Singaporean/permanent resident and three are work pass holders,” the MOH added.

It said that more details will be provided in its press release issued at night.

The MOH has been publishing a list of locations visited by cases in the community for over 30 minutes since last Monday.

This list which excludes residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and public transport will be updated on a rolling 14-day basis or one incubation period, the ministry said.

As a precautionary measure, the MOH advised those who had been at these locations during the specified timings to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.

They have also been urged by the ministry to visit the doctor if they develop symptoms such as cough, sore throat, as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history.

Dozens of clusters linked to foreign worker dorms have been identified thus far, including Singapore’s largest cluster of over 2,700 cases linked to S11 [email protected], followed by Sungei Tengah Lodge, Tuas View Dormitory and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory.

The four are among the 25 dorms that have been gazetted as isolation areas. Some 400,000 foreign workers live in dorms here in Singapore.

National Development minister and co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce Lawrence Wong had at a 12 May press conference said that some 20,000 infected foreign workers are expected to be discharged by end-May.

Over 22,400 cases discharged

With 767 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, a total of 22,466 over 60 per cent of total cases here here have fully recovered from the infection, said the MOH on Monday.

Most of the hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while seven are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Over 12,000 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 24 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, nine others who tested positive for the virus have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and two whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH in previous press releases, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.

As of 25 May, the ministry has conducted 334,691 swab tests, of which 218,996 were done on unique individuals. This translates to around 58,700 swabs conducted per 1 million total population, and about 38,400 unique individuals swabbed per 1 million total population.



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