It might be April Fool’s Day today, but this isn’t a joke. Singapore has officially hit the 1,000 mark for COVID-19 confirmed cases.
And for reference, on the first day of March, we have only 106 cases then.
One month later, on the first day of April, we now have exactly 1,000 cases.
Here’s today’s announcement, and it’s really getting worse.
74 COVID-19 Cases in S’pore Today (1 Apr); Total Cases Now at 1,000
Today, Singapore announced a total of 74 new COVID-19 cases.
20 of them are imported and they had travel history to Australia, Europe, South America, Africa, ASEAN and other parts of Asia.
The other 54 cases are locally transmitted cases.
Of the 54 local cases, 25 of them are unlinked yet.
29 of them are linked to previously confirmed cases or clusters. 6 of them are from the S11 dormitory cluster while 2 are from the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory.
There is also 1 linked case in the Wilby Residences cluster and 1 more case linked to Hero’s cluster.
And unfortunately, 2 new clusters were discovered and 1 of them is worrying.
2 New Clusters Discovered
The first cluster is yet another dormitory, this time at 55 Sungei Kadut Loop. That cluster, including a previously confirmed case, now has 3 cases.
The other cluster is Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at 1 Thomson Lane. The cluster now has 10 cases, with 6 of them above the age of 80.
They had actually announced this earlier, but we didn’t know there were 10 cases.
1 of them, a female Singaporean, is 102 years old.
Lest you can’t read what they’ve written, here the full text:
We have been informed on 31 March 2020 that a resident of our Thomson Home has tested positive for COVID-19.
When the Home was informed of the case, we conducted thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ward and affected areas. The Home has reached out to the family of the resident to offer our support. The Home has also contacted the Next-of-Kins of other residents to share with them the measures we have taken.
The Home has been taking precautions according to MOH-AIC guidelines. Measures include:
- Thrice daily temperature taking by staff, and of residents.
- Stepped up environmental cleaning
- Staff to observe strict infection control measures
- Both homes will be closed to all visitors until further notice.
- We can assist to set up video calls with our residents. Please contact us for more information
The Home is working closely with MOH and AIC to identify staff and residents who may have been in close contact with the affected resident. Staff who may be affected will not be allowed to work. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the well-being of our residents and staff.
Both Thomson and Silat Homes will not be allowing any visitors with immediate effect until 30 Apr 2020. This is an agreed precaution with MOH and AIC.
We seek your understanding to bear with us during this period as the measure is necessary to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
Patients from Public Healthcare Sector
MOH also updated us on patients who work in the healthcare sector.
The first is a 29-year-old female Singaporean who works in Singapore General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator.
The second is a 37-year-old Singaporean who has been to the UAE from 14 to 20 March, and works as a nurse in Singapore General Hospital.
The third is a 26-year-old female Singapore who works as a doctor in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
Updates on Confirmed Cases
As of now, there are now a total of 1,000 cases in Singapore.
245 of them have fully recovered and are discharged, while 24 are now in ICU. 3 have passed away due to complications caused by COVID-19 infection.
The condition of the remaining patients are stable or improving. For this group, 291 of them who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and cared for at Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and the Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC.
As of noon today, MOH has identified 14,050 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 4,803 are currently quarantined, and 9,247 have completed their quarantine.
You can do your part as a responsible citizen through helping out in contact tracing by downloading the TraceTogether app.