Commentary: In Singapore, battling the COVID-19 threat outside and the dengue peril at home

08-Aug-2020 Intellasia | CNA | 6:50 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 242 new COVID-19 cases as of Friday (7 August) noon, bringing Singapore’s total to 54,797.

Of the cases, one is a case in the community, six were imported and the remaining were foreign workers residing in dormitories.

“Based on our investigations so far, there is one case in the community, who is a Singaporean,” said the MOH.

“In addition, there are six imported cases, who had all been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.”

More details will be provided later at night, added the ministry.

The Ministry of Manpower said that as of Monday (3 August), about 273,000 migrant workers, constituting about 89 per cent of those living in worker dormitories, have either recovered or have been tested to be free from COVID-19.

A total of 1,109 dormitories, as well as 52 blocks for recovered workers (BRWs) in 14 purpose-built dormitories (PBDs), have also been declared cleared of COVID-19.

In the past week, 127 dormitories comprising 114 factory-converted dormitories and 13 construction temporary quarters as well as 35 BRWs in 12 PBDs have been cleared.

This story will be updated later.

Over 48,000 discharged; none in ICU

With 263 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 48,031 cases 88 per cent of the tally have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 112 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit, down from one on Wednesday.

A total of 6,385 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 27 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.

“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.


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