No local residents among 373 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; total passes 33,000 mark

29-May-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a preliminary 373 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Thursday (28 May) noon, bringing the total to 33,249.

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

There are no Singaporeans or permanent residents among the new cases, a first since 23 February as there were no cases reported in the city-state that day.

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

This story will be updated later.


JUST IN: No Singaporeans or PRs among 373 new COVID-19 infections; cases in Singapore have now passed the 33,000 mark

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From Monday, the MOH has published a list of locations visited by cases in the community for over 30 minutes. This list which excludes residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and public transport will be updated on a rolling 14-days 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 2,600 cases linked to S11 [email protected], followed by Sungei Tengah Lodge, Tuas View Dormitory and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory.

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

Some 20,000 infected foreign workers are expected to be discharged by the end of this month, said National Development minister Lawrence Wong at a press conference on 12 May.

Over 17,200 discharged in total

With 832 more cases of COVID-19 infection discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, a total of 17,276 cases more than half of the total infections here here have fully recovered from the infection, said the MOH on Wednesday.

Most of the 525 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while seven are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, down from eight on Tuesday.

Apart from 23 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.

It had also noted that 86 male foreign workers aged 25 to 59 died due to heart disease in Singapore in 2018.

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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