An additional 623 cases of COVID-19 were preliminarily confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Fri evening (17 Apr).
MOH in a Facebook post said that the figures, confirmed as of 12pm today, comprise mainly of migrant workers residing in dormitories.
This bring the total number of infected to 5,050.
MOH reports a total of 558 new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, 37 new cases from work permit holders residing outside dormitories. 27 cases from local community and one imported case.
The sole imported case is a 34-year-old Malaysian woman, who had been in her home country from 29 January to 8 April, reported developing symptoms on Thursday.
She tested positive for the virus on Friday and is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. The nurse who works in Bright Vision Hospital, had not gone to work since developing symptoms as she had been serving a stay-home notice.
Four new clusters have been identified:
- Tuas South Dormitory
- Avery Lodge Dormitory
- Jurong Penjuru Dormitory
- 4 Sungi Kadut Street 2.
25 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 708 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.
2,113 hospitalised cases are stable or improving.
22 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
MOH has also announced the 11th death from COVID-19 infection as case 3145, a 95 year-old Singaporean who was confirmed to be infected on 13 April. He passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Friday.
Three more migrant workers’ dormitories were gazetted under the Infectious Diseases Act as isolation areas, namely Shaw Lodge Dormitory in Tai Seng, North Coast Lodge in Woodlands, and Tuas View Dormitory, after clusters were found in the said dormitories.