Singapore Confirms 1,016 New Covid-19 Cases, Bringing National Tally To 10,141 On 22 Apr

On Wednesday (22 Apr), Singapore confirmed 1,016 new Covid-19 cases, with the majority of them being work permit-holders living in dormitories.

Among these new cases, 17 are Singaporeans, permanent residents or work pass holders — a drop from the 20 announced on Tuesday (21 Apr).

We now have a total of 10,141 confirmed cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported.

Also, a 12th person has died from the illness.

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Breakdown of new cases

Among the 1,016 new cases on Wednesday (22 Apr),

  • 967 cases are work-permit holders who stay in dormitories.
  • 32 are work-permit holders who don’t stay in dormitories.
  • 15 are Singaporeans and permanent residents, while 2 are work-pass holders.
  • 73% are linked to known clusters.

Happily, the number of new community cases went down in the past week. The week before, it was an average of 36 cases per day. In the past week, it was an average of 25 per day.

The number of unlinked community cases has also declined. The week before, it was an average of 21 cases per day. In the past week, it was an average of 17 per day.

12th person died, 4,234 cases still warded, 57 discharged

57 cases were discharged from hospital on Wednesday (22 Apr), meaning the total number of recovered patients is now 896.

Of the 4,234 cases still warded, 25 are in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit, while 12 have died.

Case 1071, an 84-year-old female Singapore Citizen, became the 12th person to die from Covid-19 on Tuesday (22 Apr). She was diagnosed with the disease on 2 Apr, and was warded in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

4,999 have been isolated and sent to Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and the Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC as they are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19.

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8 new clusters found, including 1 at a condo

As the authorities continue to link new and previously announced cases, 8 new clusters have been found:

  1. Wing Fong Court (10 Lorong 14 Geylang), a condo, where five previous cases have been linked.
  2. 10 Kranji Link, where one new case has been linked to 10 previous cases.
  3. 32 Tuas View Square, where six new cases has been linked to 23 previous cases.
  4. 36 Tuas View Square, where three of the new cases has been linked to 19 previous cases.
  5. 40 Tuas View Square, where one new case has been linked to five previous cases.
  6. 61 Senoko Drive, where 11 new cases has been linked to three previous cases.
  7. 8 Sungei Kadut Avenue, where 23 previous cases have been linked.
  8. 18 Sungei Kadut Avenue, where 41 new cases has been linked to six previous cases.

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Separately, 71 more cases were found in the cluster at S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, Singapore’s largest cluster. It now has a total of 2,211 cases.

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‘Circuit Breaker’ extended till 1 June

The continued rise in Covid-19 cases from workers’ dormitories comes a day after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation on Tuesday (21 Apr), announcing that the ‘Circuit Breaker’ would be extended for 4 more weeks until 1 June.

During the extended period, Mr Lee said the authorities will be clamping down on the community cases more “decisively” by tightening existing measures.

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He also said that while the ‘Circuit Breaker’ had successfully brought down the number of local cases, Singaporeans cannot be complacent.

In particular, the number of unlinked cases has not been reduced. This suggests that there might still be a “hidden reservoir” of cases in the community.

MS News wishes those infected a quick recovery.

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