52 new COVID cases in Singapore; 13 of 24 local cases linked to Changi Airport cluster

15-May-2021 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (14 May) confirmed 52 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 61,505.

Twenty-four of them are local cases in the community, of which 20 are linked. The remaining 28 cases are imported, of whom 19 are returning Singaporeans or permanent residents.

Friday marks the 19th consecutive day with local cases reported.

Of the 20 linked infections, 13 belong to a growing cluster at Changi Airport, bringing the total linked to it to 59 cases. At least 17 in the cluster have tested preliminarily positive for the Indian variant, or B1617.

The Changi Airport cluster is now the largest of 11 active clusters in Singapore. It is also the largest cluster recorded to date in Singapore, superseding the now-inactive cluster of 47 cases at Safra Jurong.

Authorities earlier on Friday announced a slew of tighter safe management measures, to begin this Sunday through to 13 June, to curb the spread of the virus. These measures include banning dining-in at F&B establishments, reinstating work from home as default, as well as cutting down group sises for social gatherings and visitors per household from five to two persons.

A “very virulent” variant of COVID-19 has broken through the layers of defence at Changi Airport, said Transport minister Ong Ye Kung, who was speaking at a virtual media briefing by the multi-ministry taskforce on the coronavirus.

Of the first 20-odd infections detected at the airport, most had congregated around one zone, comprising a finger pier an area that receives arrivals from higher risk regions, including South Asia the conveyor belt and immigration, Ong said.

99 percent of total cases have recovered, 3 in ICU

With 23 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 61,029 cases or 99.3 per cent of the total have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 150 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while three of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 243 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 31 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Among the 167 confirmed cases reported from 7 to 13 May, 71 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 77 have tested negative, and 19 serology test results are pending.



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