Singapore recorded 334 new COVID-19 cases, announced late Tue evening (14 Apr).
There is no imported cases. 198 are linked to known clusters, of which the vast majority are Work Permit holders in the dormitories. 22 cases are linked to previous cases, of which 10 are Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents and twelve are Work Permit holders
114 cases are currently unlinked to previous cases, of which 24 are Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents, 85 are Work Permit holders, three are S Pass holders, one is Employment Pass holder and one is Dependant’s Pass holder.
Health Ministry’s director of medical services, Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, said today regarding the unlinked cases that such cases do not necessarily indicate an unknown source of transmission.
Some of the numbers are gathered from active testing conducted in different settings, not just in larger purpose-built dormitories, but also other smaller ones, and it takes time to compile and match the figures, he said.
“So, in fact, out of the proportion that are as yet unlinked, you will find that over the next few days that number whittles down progressively as we link them to existing clusters,” he added.
The new cases contributed to a total tally of 3,252 cases since the onset of the outbreak in the country.
Cases from public healthcare sector
Case 2738 is a 22 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. She reported onset of symptoms on 12 April, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 April. She is currently warded at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). She is a family member of Cases 2419 and 2739.
She is employed as a nurse at Singapore General Hospital but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms.
Case 3014 is a 41 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. He reported onset of symptoms on 9 April, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 April. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
He is employed as a doctor at Tan Tock Seng Hospital but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms.
Update on condition of confirmed cases
10th death from COVID-19 complication
Case 128, a 70 year-old male Singapore Citizen, has passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection on 14 April 2020. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 6 March. NCID has reached out to his family and is extending assistance to them. He is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.
To date, a total of 611 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
Of the 1,315 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving.
28 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 1,316 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
10 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases
Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.
As of 14 April 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 30,646 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 12,797 are currently quarantined, and 17,849 have completed their quarantine.