COVID-19: 96% of new cases in Singapore from dorm clusters

by BERNAMA/ pic credit: Ministry of Manpower Singapore

ABOUT 96 per cent of Monday’s new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore involved work permit holders residing in more than 25 dormitory clusters here.

The biggest single-day spike was recorded yesterday at 1,426 positive cases, bringing the tally for the Island-city to 8,041.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) attributed the increase to work permit holders residing in dorms following the extensive testing efforts.

“Most of these cases have a mild illness and they are being monitored in the community isolation facilities or general ward of our hospitals. None of them is in the intensive care unit,” it said in a statement issued late last night.

As of Monday, no imported cases were reported, only 25 cases in the community and 32 cases involved work permit holders residing outside dorms.

Thus far, Singapore has gazetted 18 dorms as isolation areas from more than 25 affected dorms with most of the infected dorm residents from Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar.

The largest cluster in the republic is S11 Dormitory @ Punggol of Seletar North Link which has a total of 1,977 confirmed cases.

With the latest tally, Singapore which reported its first cases of COVID-19 on Jan 23 has recorded the highest number of cases among ASEAN member countries.

To date, Singapore has classified 6,075 cases as dorm residents, 339 involving work permit holders not residing in dorms, 1,031 community cases, and another 569 were imported cases.

As at 12 noon April 20, 801 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, while 23 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit and 11 have died.