448 COVID-19 Cases Today (21 May); Local Community Cases Back to Double Digit

If there has been no announcement about Phase One, I’d have happily started this article proclaiming that we’re now ten days away from having to makan Maggi Mee at home daily.

Unfortunately, the 19 May announcement happened and all of a sudden, we’re still far away from our freedom.

To learn more about what’ll happen after 1 June 2020, you might want to watch this video:

And so, we’re now looking at the number of cases even closer nowadays, since it could determine when Phase One would end.

Today, there are 448 cases.

This means we now have 29,812 cases in Singapore.

Out of today’s cases, 13 are Singaporeans or Singapore PRs.

7 cases were picked up from active surveillance and screening of nursing home residents and pre-school staff, while 4 are part of a family cluster linked to a dormitory. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the other 2 cases.

On average, based on yesterday’s numbers, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 8 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 5 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 3 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 2 per day in the past week.

And for your info, since yesterday, we might be seeing more cases in the community, and it’s not because a Sovereign has been roaming around Singapore spitting at everyone she sees; it’s because MOH is updating the definition of “Cases in the Community”.

New Definition of “Cases in the Community”

Yesterday, while there has been 2 Singaporeans / Singapore PRs in the list, the total number of “Cases in the Community” is at a whopping 8, including the 2 mentioned earlier.

Reason being, previously, MOH tracked the work permit holders living outside dormitories as a separate category, and put a large number of these workers on Stay Home Notices (mainly construction workers).

The SHN for these workers has since expired, so therefore they’ve now updated the definition of “Cases in the Community” to include all cases (including amongst Work Permit holders) who are detected outside of the dormitories since they’re not infected by people from dormitories as they’re not working with them.

In other words, anyone who doesn’t live in a dormitory would be considered a case in the community.

So yes, we would most probably see more cases in the community.


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