Yesterday, new COVID-19 measures were announced after a surge in community cases. After that ordeal, it’s no surprise that we still have community cases today. In fact, the dorm cases are as back as well.
It’s not exactly a good Labour Day after all.
As of 12pm today (1 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 34 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
7 are community cases and 2 are dorm cases.
3 of the community cases are linked to the TTSH cluster.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 61,179.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 10 cases in the week before to 35 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 5 cases in the week before to 6 cases in the past week.
The Only Unlinked Community Case Reported on 30 Apr is an NUS Student Who Was in India A few Months Ago
24 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday (30 Apr), of whom 9 are from the community.
That number would usually scare us, but because 16 community cases were reported the previous day, we breathed a sigh of relief instead.
The only unlinked community case is a 20 year-old male Indian national who is a resident on the Yale-NUS Campus.
The student last attended classes on 12 Apr.
He travelled to India on 21 March last year and had been there until 20 Jan, 2021, when he returned.
While he was in India, he was a close contact of two confirmed COVID-19 cases.
It was only on Monday that the 20-year-old started experiencing symptoms – he developed a fever, sore throat, and body aches and isolated himself in his room.
He was tested for COVID-19 at the National University of Singapore’s University Health Centre on Wednesday and his result came back positive the next day.
This may be a past infection, however, as his CT (cycle threshold) value was very high – indicative of a low viral load – and his serology test came back positive.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) explained that he could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA which are no longer transmissible and infective to others.
The ministry can’t say for sure when and where he got infected, however.
364 Active Cases
There are currently 113 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
251 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
30 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
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