The number of new COVID-19 cases in Singapore hit a record of 74 with the latest announcement from the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday (1 Apr).
Of the 74, 20 were imported cases and 54 were locally transmitted ones who have no recent travel history abroad. The number of locally transmitted cases have exceeded those imported ones:
- The 20 imported cases had travel history to Australia, Europe, South America, Africa, ASEAN and other parts of Asia.
- 29 cases are linked to previous cases or clusters.
- 25 cases are currently unlinked, and contact tracing is ongoing.
As of yesterday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore has hit 1000.
Despite the many measures introduced by the government to address the spread of the disease, the number of locally transmitted unlinked cases has been rising since mid-March, according to the information gathered from MOH’s website.
These are cases which cannot be linked to existing infected cases immediately at the time of reporting. The number of daily new cases, including imported, locally linked and locally unlinked ones, is also seen to be on the rise.
Just yesterday, there were 25 unlinked cases, exceeding the previous high of 18 reached on the day before yesterday (31 Mar). The previous record for the number of new COVID-19 cases was 73 set on 25 Mar.
2nd Indonesian died of COVID-19 in Singapore
Meanwhile, it was reported today (2 Apr) that a 68-year-old Indonesian national who tested positive for COVID-19 had died due to complications. He died early this morning at 6.43 am.
The Indonesian was said to be a Work Pass Holder and had been in Indonesia from 20 January to 16 March. The man, labeled as Case 476, was classified as an imported one last Monday on 23 Mar. He was admitted to Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on 22 Mar and had been in ICU since last Thursday (26 Mar).
He is the second Indonesian to die from COVID-19 in Singapore. It’s not known what kind of Work Pass he was holding at the age of 68.
The first Indonesian, 64, labeled as Case 212, died of COVID-19 in Singapore on 21 Mar. He was also an imported case. He had been hospitalised in Jakarta for pneumonia before flying here on 13 Mar for further treatment.
Upon arrival in Singapore, the 64-year-old Indonesian checked into Ibis Hotel Novena before proceeding to Mount Elizabeth Hospital to get treatment. He was then immediately transferred to NCID and tested positive for COVID-19 the next day (14 Mar). Subsequently, it was revealed that he had infected a 62-year-old Singaporean (Case 289) before he died.
Singapore’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 4.