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448 more Covid-19 cases in Singapore, tally now 29,812

21 May 2020 / 18:28 H.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has preliminarily confirmed another 448 positive Covid-19 cases today, with the vast majority involving migrant workers at dormitories.

The new cases bring the republic’s total infections to 29,812.

Noon data showed that 13 cases are a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident, said the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH) in a statement today.

Of these, seven cases were picked up during its active surveillance and screening of nursing home residents and preschool staff, and four were part of a family cluster linked to a dormitory.

“Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the other two cases,“ the MOH said, adding that it is still working through the details of these cases and further updates will be shared later.

In full data released late yesterday, Singapore classified 1,678 as community cases, 580 as imported cases and 27,106 were foreign workers residing in dorms.

The MOH also updated the definition of “cases in the community” to now include all cases among work permit holders who are detected outside of dormitories.

Previously, the ministry said it had tracked the work permit holders living outside dormitories as a separate category and put a large number of these workers on a Stay Home Notice (SHN).

The re-classification was made as the SHN for these workers has since expired, it said.

Meanwhile, a cluster linked to the construction site at Project Glory of Market Street, was closed yesterday as no more cases have been linked to this place for the past two incubation periods.

As at Wednesday, the ministry said a total of 11,207 people have fully recovered from infection and been discharged from hospital or a community care facility, while 954 cases are still in hospital, with 11 in the intensive care unit.

The MOH said 17,181 people with mild symptoms, or who were clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19, have been isolated and are being cared for at community facilities.

To date, 22 people have died from the coronavirus here.

On Wednesday, the MOH identified two new clusters and said that the largest cluster in the republic - S11 Dormitory @ Punggol - now has a total of 2,586 confirmed cases. - Bernama

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