Covid-19 cases in Singapore exceeded 10,000

Foreign workers in a dormitory in Singapore on April 21. Photo: Straits Times.
Foreign workers in a dormitory in Singapore on April 21. Photo: Straits Times.

Singapore marks the third day in a row that has recorded more than 1,000 new nCoV infections, bringing the country to over 10,000.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health today reports 1,016 additional nCoV infections, including 15 Singaporeans and permanent residents, the rest are foreign workers living in dormitories, bringing the case in the island nation to 10,141. The number of deaths in the country remains 11, unchanged over the past few days.

Singapore has witnessed a spike in cases in recent days, mainly due to the continuous emergence of dormitory-related outbreaks and positive testing by officials for foreign workers.

The Ministry of Health said new cases in the community had dropped from 38 to 28 last week. However, cases of unknown origin have increased, suggesting there have been undetected epidemics, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned in a televised speech yesterday.

He also announced that the “breaker” solution package to prevent Covid-19 from spreading would be extended to 1/6, while the current rules will be tightened over the next two weeks. All food and beverage shops and hairdressers are required to close before 23:59, starting April 21.

Body temperature tests are done at all supermarkets and shopping malls from today. Those who come here must provide detailed information to be traced contact. The government is seeking ways to reduce the number of people commuting daily from the current 20% to 15%.

The island nation of 5.6 million is currently the largest epidemic region in Southeast Asia and one of the countries with the highest infection rates in Asia in terms of the population. Associate professor Alex Cook, an associate professor of research at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, estimates that at least 10,000-20,000 foreign workers were infected with nCoV by the end of April.