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COVID-19 Update: Singapore confirms 528 new cases, shy of 15,000 mark

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a preliminary 528 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (26 April) noon, bringing the total to 14,951 – the highest recorded in Southeast Asia.

This comes more than a week after it confirmed a single-day high of 1,426 new cases.

The vast majority of the new cases are foreign workers living in dorms, said the ministry, noting that eight are Singaporeans and permanent residents.

It added that more details will be shared when its daily press release is issued at night.

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More than 50 clusters linked to foreign worker dormitories have been identified thus far, including Singapore’s largest cluster linked to S11 [email protected], followed by Sungei Tengah Lodge and Tuas View Dormitory.

The three are among the 25 dorms that have been gazetted as isolation areas. Some 300,000 foreign workers live in dorms here in Singapore.

Over 1,000 discharged, 20 in ICU

The ministry said on Monday that 1,095 patients have fully recovered from the infection, while 20 are in the intensive care unit.

Over 11,000, who exhibit mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for the virus, are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

A total of 14 people have died from complications of the virus here.

Of the latest two fatalities on Sunday, the 82-year-old Singaporean man, identified as case 1595, tested positive for the virus on 8 April. He was listed as an unlinked case in the MOH daily report on 8 April. The 81-year-old Singaporean man, identified as case 9682, tested positive for the virus on 20 April.

Three patients who tested positive for the virus have died from causes unrelated to COVID-19. The latest such fatality was a 40-year-old Malaysian man who died of a heart attack on 18 April. He had tested positive for the virus the day before.

Separately, a 46-year-old Indian migrant worker, identified by the ministry as case 8190, died after being found at a staircase landing in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on Thursday. He had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his death.

“The cause of death for case 8190 was multiple injuries consistent with those resulting from a fall from height, and was not due to complications from COVID-19 infection,” the ministry said last Friday.

As of 20 April, the ministry has conducted 121,774 swab tests, of which 82,644 were done on unique individuals.


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