Singapore on April 5 recorded 120 cases of Covid-19, a record increase since the outbreak in the island nation on January 1, bringing the total number of people infected with the corona virus to 1,309.
According to the Guardian, Singapore recorded a 60% increase in the number of daily infections compared to the previous day. Singapore’s Ministry of Health on April 5 said 120 more cases of Covid-19 were recorded, a huge increase from 75 new infections the day before. To date, there are 1,309 positive cases with 6 deaths from corona virus.
According to Channel NewsAsia, it is noteworthy that out of 120 new infections, only 4 cases were imported while the remaining cases were contagious in the community.
A large number of new cases involving two outbreaks have been detected earlier in the S11 Punggol worker housing area at Seletar North Link and Westlite Toh Guan areas, according to Singapore health officials.
S11 Area recorded 22 new infections while this figure in Westlite Toh Guan area was 10 cases.
Immediately upon discovering new cases of infection, the Ministry of Health of Singapore sealed off two worker residences. There are a total of 19,800 workers in these two buildings and they will be quarantined, not allowed to leave the room within the next 14 days.
Food will be delivered to all these people, as well as handwash, masks and body temperature gauges, according to Singapore’s Covid-19 response agency.
Other distance measures will also be implemented in other worker housing areas in Singapore, including shortening meal times and minimizing contact between workers.
However, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said it should be made clear that these foreign workers are not at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than Singaporeans.
“This is not targeting a specific group, they are not at higher risk of infection,” Wong said.
“The problem we have here is that foreign worker housing areas are emerging as outbreaks, and will become the new driving force of infection, regardless of precautions,” he said. Wong added.
Meanwhile, island nation officials are transforming the capabilities of the Singapore Expo – the country’s largest exhibition center and turning it into a health care facility, according to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
“Singapore Expo is being prepared to become the next community care facility,” he told reporters.
These facilities will be for patients who have recovered from Covid-19 but are still potentially contagious, according to Gan.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday announced tighter social distance measures, hoping that they would become a spreading “circuit breaker” of Covid-19.
Accordingly starting next week, schools and offices, except for essential services, will be closed for 1 month until 4/5. Food and restaurant facilities are only open for delivery and do not serve guests on site.