As of Sunday (26 April 2020), 12pm, Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 931 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
MOH shared that the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. 15 cases are Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents.
This brings the total tally to 13,624 cases in Singapore.
There are two imported cases, both are Singaporeans who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore on 10 April.
As for community cases, MOH reports 18 new cases, 13 Singaporeans/Permanent Residents and 5 Work Passes)
There are 25 new cases of Work Permit holders who are residing outside dormitories and 886 cases of Work Permit holders residing in dormitories.
Of the new cases, 74% are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.
Four new clusters identified by MOH:
- Proptech Pte Ltd (38 Senoko Road)
- 5 Kian Teck Crescent
- 3 Sungei Kadut Street 6
- 33 Tuas View Square
58 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
In all, 1,060 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
There are currently 1,311 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 22 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
11,241 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
12 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
According to an interview conducted by Channel News Asia with Prof Dale Fisher, a Professor at National University of Singapore and Chair of the Singapore’s National Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) committee, Singapore is still in the very early stages of sorting out the pandemic as efforts are ramping up.
“The numbers are not really coming down, it is a function of the test”, said Prof Fisher.
He went on to state, “For the dormitories, the positivity rate is so high , you get to the point where you don’t need to test any more But that just say if you have clinical respiratory illness then you almost certainly have COVID. So we put those into isolation straight away.”
As for whether the figures from the dormitories will be eventually included in the country’s tally, he said, “We should aim to have those clinical diagnosis eventually included in the numbers , I think that honesty is important. And that’s why it will be the case.”
“But there will be a lag because it is a different reporting mechanism.” said Prof Fisher and added, “Most we still want to test but it does mean we can focus our efforts on those with less prevalence.”