Two new nursing home infections bring total to five homes with Covid-19 cases

An 86-year-old female resident of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital was confirmed to have the infection on April 21, 2020.
An 86-year-old female resident of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital was confirmed to have the infection on April 21, 2020.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - Two new cases of Covid-19 have surfaced at two nursing homes, again raising concerns about the vulnerability of senior citizens to the disease.

Singapore now has 20 confirmed Covid-19 infections among both staff and residents in five nursing homes.

On Wednesday (April 22), the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) said a 40-year-old healthcare assistant at the Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (Swami) home in Sembawang was confirmed to have Covid-19 on April 20, and is now in isolation at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. She was last at work on April 19.

Separately, an 86-year-old female resident of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) at Serangoon was confirmed to have the infection on April 21 and has been isolated at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

AIC said precautionary measures have been taken, including a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ward and affected areas of both homes.

Contact tracing is ongoing and those who had close contact with the confirmed cases will be quarantined.

Together with the Ministry of Health (MOH), AIC said it is prepared to provide both homes with additional support during this period if required, to ensure service continuity for their residents.

Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home remains the largest nursing home cluster, with 16 cases. Of the 16, two people died and at least eight have been discharged.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) also announced the 12th death in Singapore due to Covid-19. The 84-year-old Singaporean woman was not known to be linked to any other case.