65 New COVID-19 Cases in S’pore Today (3 Apr); 56 Are Locally Transmitted Cases

There’s only one reason why you’re reading this even when the sky’s still bright: the announcement of new cases comes after the authorities announced the new major measures that’ll change your life for the next 30 odd days altogether.

Yes, we’re referring to the “lockdown” that everyone’s talking about. You can read more here.

And today’s announcement would explain why the “lockdown” is necessary, for we have 56 local cases today.

65 New COVID-19 Cases in S’pore Today (3 Apr); 56 Locally Transmitted Cases

Today, a total of 65 confirmed cases were reported, and only 9 are imported.

Out of the remaining 56 local cases, 39 are linked to previously confirmed cases or clusters.

17 of them are currently unlinked.

“Lockdown” in Singapore

Given that we’re still seeing more local cases, Singapore is going to implement a series of drastic measures from 7 April 2020.

For a start, all workplaces except essential businesses would shut down from 1 April 2020, so if you’ve long hair, you’d better head down to the barber now.

Below is a list of essential businesses:

  • All healthcare and social services
  • Food and related services
  • Energy
  • Water and waste management and environment
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Information and communications
  • Security operations
  • Facilities management and critical public infrastructure
  • Manufacturing activities key to sustenance and security
  • Banking and finance

Secondly, all schools would close from 8 April 2020.

And thirdly, everyone is advised to stay at home and only go out when necessary.

The measures, by right, should end on 4 May 2020, but might be extended if needed.

Updates on Confirmed Cases

All in all, we now have 1,114 confirmed cases.

235 patients have fully recovered or are discharged, while 25 are now in ICU. 5 patients have passed away.

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The conditions of the remaining patients are either stable or improving.

401 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 have been transferred to community isolation facilities (i.e. not public hospitals).

You can do your part as a responsible citizen through helping out in contact tracing by downloading the TraceTogether app.

In the meantime, keep yourself updated by bookmarking MOH’s website here and registering for the Gov.sg’s WhatsApp service here.

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