COVID-19: 518 cases detected in Singapore, total now at 34,884

Staff Writer, Singapore
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A family wearing face masks seen along Orchard Road on 12 May 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
A family wearing face masks seen along Orchard Road on 12 May 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Singapore has confirmed 518 new COVID-19 cases, as of noon on Sunday (31 May), taking the country’s total to 34,884.

Of the cases, one is a Singaporean and another a permanent resident, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a news release. Both cases are unlinked. The vast majority of the cases on Sunday are migrant workers living in dormitories.

One new cluster was announced – a dormitory at 128 Tuas South Avenue 3.

MOH said that it has completed one round of surveillance swab tests for all nursing home staff and residents on 8 May and 30 May respectively. “Out of about 13,200 residents who were tested, all results were negative except for four residents of Orange Valley Nursing Home, as announced on 21 May. Out of about 9,000 nursing home staff, only one from Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio had tested positive, as announced on 8 May,” MOH said.

Details of cases on 31 May (Table: Ministry of Health)
Details of cases on 31 May (Table: Ministry of Health)

Locations visited by cases in the community

The MOH has been publishing a list of locations visited by cases in the community for over 30 minutes since Monday.

This list – which excludes residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and public transport – will be updated on a rolling 14-day 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 dates and timings to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their visit.

Table: Ministry of Health
Table: Ministry of Health

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 Dormitory@Punggol, followed by Sungei Tengah Lodge, Tuas View Dormitory and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory.

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

Over 21,600 cases discharged

As of Sunday, 972 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 21,699 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

Currently, 321 cases are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, with eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit. A total of 12,841, who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19, are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

A total of 23 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

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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