Singapore Confirms 728 New Covid-19 Cases On 16 Apr, Yet Another Record High In 5 Days
On Thursday (16 Apr), Singapore confirmed 728 new Covid-19 cases — just a day after reporting an all-time high increase of 447 cases yesterday.
Here’s an overview of tonight’s numbers, as reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH):
- Imported cases: 0
- Cases in the community: 48
- Work Permit holders living outside dormitories: 26
- Work Permit holders living in dormitories: 654
Of the new cases, 81% – or around 590 – are linked to known clusters. The remaining 138 are pending contact tracing.
With today’s numbers, we now have a total of 4,427 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities. Meanwhile, 31 cases have been discharged, meaning 683 have fully recovered.
5 new clusters identified, including 3 worker dormitories
There are also 5 new clusters identified:
- The Leo Dormitory (23 Kaki Bukit Road 3) – worker dormitory
- SJ Dormitory (180 Woodlands Industrial Park E5) – worker dormitory
- Westlite Mandai (34 Mandai Estate) – worker dormitory
- Group Industries (17 Sungei Kadut Street 4)
- Grandwork Building
From 9-15 Apr, MOH had also managed to find uncovered links for 415 cases that were unlinked cases. You can view the full document here.
Mosque & church clusters closed
In slightly more positive news, 2 previous clusters – Masjid Al-Muttaqin and Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah) – are now closed.
Masjid Al-Muttaqin in Ang Mo Kio
MOH said there have been no more cases linked to both places for the past 28 days.
Singapore Covid-19 ‘milestones’ over the past week
For a quick recap, here’s a look at new Covid-19 infections and ‘milestones’ reported since last Friday (12 Apr):
- Fri (10 Apr) – 198 new cases, crossed 2,000th mark
- Sat (11 Apr) – 191 new cases, 8th death
- Sun (12 Apr) – 233 new cases
- Mon (13 Apr) – 386 new cases, 9th death
- Tuesday (14 Apr) – 334 new cases, crossed 3,000th mark, 10th death
- Wednesday (15 Apr) – 447 new cases
The table below, published in MOH’s situation report for 15 Apr shows a more detailed summary of cases in the past 14 days.
Recent developments in Singapore’s Covid-19 outbreak are understandably worrisome. The exponential growth in new infections is illustrated in the graph below.
Epidemic curve seeing a steeper rise
Singapore is seeing a steep rise of the epidemic curve in the past week.
While most numbers are concentrated within worker dormitories, we cannot deny that the risk is still great due to local cases within our community.
The government is tasked with a mountainous challenge ahead to contain the outbreak.
Hopefully, these numbers give a sobering reminder to all Singapore residents that Covid-19 is not to be taken lightly. The ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures are in place for good reason, and we should follow them well.
Featured image adapted from Google Maps.