Singapore Confirms 38 New Covid-19 Cases On 18 May
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 38 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore today (18 May).
11 are imported among individuals serving their Stay-Home Notices (SHNs). Of these, 6 are returning Singaporeans or Permanent Residents (PRs).
27 others are in the community, of which 11 currently have no links to previous cases or existing clusters. 14 of the community cases reportedly tested positive while on quarantine.
Today’s tally brings our total so far to 61,651.
Open infection clusters growing
With more community cases now, it comes as no surprise that Singapore is also recording more open infection clusters.
As of Monday (17 May), there are 16 clusters in Singapore, which are as follows:
- Marina Bay Sands Casino – 3 cases
- Grab – 3 cases
- Case 62049 cluster – 3 cases
- WOK HEY (White Sands) – 4 cases
- Changi Prison Complex – 4 cases
- Tuas South CCF – 4 cases
- OM Universal Pte Ltd – 4 cases
- NUS – 5 cases
- Sengkang General Hospital – 5 cases
- Bunker Tanker MT ALLI – 7 cases
- Westlite Woodlands Dormitory – 7 cases
- Pasir Panjang Terminal – 8 cases
- ICA – 11 cases
- Learning Point – 20 cases
- Tan Tock Seng Hospital – 46 cases
- Changi Airport Terminal 3 – 78 cases
Changi Airport T3 has grown to be the largest cluster so far in less than 2 weeks, which has led to some concerns, reports The Straits Times (ST).
White Sands Mall visitors offered free swab tests
Among the clusters, MOH has noted that Covid-19 cases had spent substantial amounts of time at several stores across White Sands shopping mall in Pasir Ris.
Over the course of at least 14 such visits, they had spent almost entire days at stores like Unity and WOK HEY while likely to be infectious.
Therefore, staff at the mall will be undergoing special testing operations to monitor their health.
MOH has also extended free Covid-19 swab tests to all shoppers who had been at the mall between 2-11 May.
In the meantime, they should monitor their health closely in the 14 days following their last visit.
Be extra vigilant & stay safe
If there’s anything the recent outbreak teaches us is that we can never let our guards down, no matter how stable the situation may seem.
New, more infectious variants of the virus leave us at risk anytime, so let’s stay vigilant until we’ve built the proper defences.
For now, we should adhere to all health and safety measures, and hope the case numbers will fall over time.
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