A record number of 728 new coronavirus infection in Singapore was reported on Thursday (16 April), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.
This brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 infection here to 4,427.
Of the new cases, most are linked to clusters involving foreign worker dormitories—accounting for 654 of the new patients.
48 of the total new cases announced are locally transmitted.
According to MOH, 19 percent of the new cases are currently unlinked and contact tracing is ongoing.
Coronavirus Infection Involving Children
Two children, aged 7 and 13 are among the new cases announced on Thursday. Both tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday (15 April).
Case 3984 is a 7-year-old male Singapore citizen. He is a family member of two previously confirmed patients, cases 1305 and 1660 who tested positive for the virus infection on 5 and 8 April, separately.
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital handles the hospitalisation of children who have COVID-19. | Image source: Gov.sg
Case 3985 is also a local-linked case. The 13-year-old female Singaporean citizen is a family member of case 2105, who tested positive for COVID-19 on 10 April.
Both child cases are admitted to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Update on Previously Announced Cases
Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker who recently became a father has been transferred to a general ward after being in intensive care for over two months. The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) said in a Facebook post on Thursday (April 16).
The patient, the 42nd coronavirus infection in Singapore, tested positive for the virus infection 8 February, was warded in isolation at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
The non-government organisation said the man has been taken off the ventilator and is no longer sedated.
“He is able to breathe on his own and will require speech therapy moving forward as part of his recovery process,” it added.
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As of Thursday noon, 31 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of those who have fully recovered to 683.
Of the 1,886 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. 23 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 1,848 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.
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