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COVID-19 Update: Singapore reports 198 new cases; second death from Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home cluster

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There are also three new COVID-19 clusters – a dormitory at 31 Sungei Kadut Avenue, a renovation site at the National University Hospital and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building at 10 Kallang Road.

Singapore reported another death linked to COVID-19 and 198 new cases on Friday (Apr 10), taking the total number of cases to 2,108.

An 86-year-old Singapore woman ​died from complications due to COVID-19 on Thursday night, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

“She was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on Apr 1, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on the same day. NCID has reached out to her family and is extending assistance to them,” said MOH, identifying her as Case 987 from the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home cluster.

The Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home said it is working with NCID to provide support to the victim’s family “in this time of difficulty and grief”.

“Today, it is with a heavy heart that a second resident of ours passed on in the hospital … We also continue to implement stringent healthcare measures to ensure the safety of our residents at our homes (Thomson and Silat),” its administrator Then Kim Yuan said in a Facebook post. 

In total, seven people in Singapore have died from complications due to COVID-19.

This does not include a 32-year-old Indian national who died at his residence on Wednesday after being tested at NCID on Tuesday for COVID-19. He was confirmed to have the disease on Wednesday after his death.

On Thursday, MOH said the man – Case 1604 – had died from ischaemic heart disease and not due to COVID-19.

Three New Clusters; S11 Cluster Tops 300 Infections

Of the new cases, 98 are linked to known clusters while 29 are linked to earlier cases. The remaining 71 currently have no links, pending contact tracing. There were no imported cases.

“Among the linked cases, 79 cases were linked to clusters at foreign worker dormitories and 48 were linked to non-dormitory clusters or other cases,” MOH said in its daily update.  

MOH also announced three new clusters – a dormitory at 31 Sungei Kadut Avenue, a renovation site at the National University Hospital (NUH) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Building at 10 Kallang Road.

Four cases confirmed earlier have been linked to the Sungei Kadut cluster, while a total of five cases have been linked to the cluster at the ICA Building. 

The NUH renovation site cluster comprises 14 cases, all workers from one of the hospital’s contractors.

The renovation site is boarded off and out of bounds to all staff and visitors except for employees with authorised access, NUH said, adding that infection control measures are in place for all renovation projects within the hospital. 

MOH said 24 additional cases have been linked to the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, taking the cluster there to 306 confirmed infections. 

The cluster at Westlite Toh Guan also increased to 69 cases, while a total of 34 cases have been linked to Toh Guan Dormitory.

More cases were also linked to the clusters at Sungei Tengah Lodge, Tampines Dormitory, Cochrane Lodge I, Cochrane Lodge II, Sungei Kadut Loop, Shaw Lodge and the Project Glory construction site in the central business district. 

The clusters at Mustafa Centre, Keppel Shipyard, Dover Court International School and The Wedding Brocade have also grown. 

The health ministry set out more details of Thursday’s new cases on its website.

MOH said that 32 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 492 have fully recovered.

Of the 875 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving, while 32 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

MOH said 734 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. 

ICA said in a separate update on Friday that its headquarters at Kallang Road will be closed for disinfection on Saturday, in accordance with National Environment Agency (NEA) guidelines.

Customers who have appointments with ICA should visit the building only on Apr 13, it said. For foreign visitors whose visit passes are expiring on Apr 11 or Apr 12, ICA said that it will process their requests for extension on Apr 13.

Cases From Public Healthcare Sector

MOH also reported three more cases from the public healthcare sector. 

Cases 1842 and 1962 are both 26-year-old Singaporean women who have no recent travel history to affected countries or regions, and are close contacts.

Case 1842 reported onset of symptoms on Apr 8, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Apr 9. Case 1962 reported onset of symptoms on Apr 7, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Apr 10.

Both cases, who are warded at NCID, are doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Prior to hospital admission, they had gone to work but only had transient contact with patients.

The third case, referred to as Case 1943, is a 35-year-old Singaporean woman who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. She reported the onset of symptoms on Apr 4, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 on Apr 9. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital.

She is employed as a Patient Service Associate at Hougang Polyclinic but had not gone to work since the onset of symptoms.

Increase In Cases At Foreign Worker Dormitories

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday said that Singapore will do its best to take care of the needs of foreign workers here amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The number of COVID-19 cases in foreign worker dormitories has surged in recent days, with clusters emerging in nine dormitories so far. 

“We are paying close attention to the welfare of the foreign workers. They came to Singapore to work hard for a living, and provide for their families back home. They have played an important part building our HDB flats, Changi Airport, MRT lines,” said Mr Lee in a video posted on Facebook.

He added that authorities have worked with employers to make sure that the workers will be paid their salaries and can remit money home.

Mr Lee also appealed to older Singaporeans to stay at home for their own safety during the “circuit breaker” period.

The elderly are more vulnerable to COVID-19. It is a “serious matter” if they contract the disease and the “chances of dying are much higher”, Mr Lee said. 

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