COVID-19: Singapore records another surge, tally surpasses 4,000

Migrant workers ride back to their dormitories after work, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Singapore April 16, 2020. REUTERS

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday reported an additional 728 cases of COVID-19 infection, with the majority from the cluster of foreign worker dormitories.

The new cases bring the tally for the republic to 4,427.

"The number of new cases amongst Work Permit holders residing in dormitories has increased significantly, in line with our continued efforts to actively test and isolate the infected workers," MOH said in a statement here.

The cases of Work Permit holders residing in dormitories stood at 654 while 26 involved Work Permit holders residing outside dormitories.

MOH said the number of new cases among Work Permit holders residing outside dormitories has increased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before to an average of 15 per day in the past week.

MOH noted that of the new cases, 81 per cent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

Two Malaysians are part of yesterday's new cases, one linked to the cluster of a hostel at Jalan Kubor while another was linked to Case 3,306, a 21-year-old Malaysian man.

Five new clusters were identified, mostly involving dormitories, namely The Leo; SJ; Westlite Mandai; Sungei Kadut Street 4; and Grandwork Building at Sungei Kadut Street 3.

Two clusters linked to Masjid Al-Muttaqin and Church of Singapore at Bukit Timah meanwhile have now been closed as there were no more cases for the past two incubation periods.

Updating on the condition of confirmed cases, it said 31 more cases of COVID-19 have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

In all, 683 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

Of the 1,886 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving, while 23 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

MOH said 1,848 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 were isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Ten have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.