Singapore Reports 47 New Covid-19 Cases On 31 Mar
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 47 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore today (31 Mar).
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), 16 are imported. This means that 31 are local cases, which have recently overtaken imported ones.
Today’s numbers bring Singapore’s Covid-19 count so far to 926.
New cluster at Toh Guan dormitory
Of the 31 local cases, 13 are linked to previous cases or clusters.
The MOH press release via The Straits Times (ST) stated that a new cluster has formed at Westlite Toh Guan dormitory at 18 Toh Guan Road East.
4 new cases today along with 1 reported yesterday (30 Mar) added the location to the 10 existing clusters. 3 of the 10 only surfaced yesterday.
Another case has also emerged from the SingPost Centre cluster, bringing the total there now to 6.
Singapore now has 11 active clusters.
The remaining 18 cases have no connections yet, adding to a worrying trend of rising local infections.
Long Term Pass holder worked after noticing symptoms
In a rather shocking revelation, MOH disclosed that one of the cases confirmed today, Case 891, had reported to work after noticing symptoms.
The 22-year-old Long Term Pass holder first observed respiratory symptoms on 29 Mar, but still went to work the next day (30 Mar).
The housekeeper at Changi General Hospital (CGH) only worked for 2 hours, and had a surgical mask on the entire time.
CGH stated that he sought medical attention at the hospital’s Accident & Emergency (A&E) department the day he worked (30 Mar) and tested positive the same day.
He is a close contact of 2 others who tested positive today, a fellow Long Term Pass holder and a Singapore Work Pass holder.
Most imported Covid-19 cases came from the UK
Imported cases now make up about a third of the daily reports, with today’s numbers standing at only 16.
Half of them had travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) while the rest visited the following countries:
One of the 16 is a long-term pass holder who recently came here from Malaysia.
22 patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), up from just 19 yesterday (30 Mar).
12 more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of discharged cases to 240.
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