7 new Covid-19 clusters in S'pore, including Northpoint City in Yishun; 597 of 618 new cases are workers in dormitories

Northpoint City is one of the seven new Covid-19 clusters announced on April 25, 2020. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Foreign workers living in dormitories made up 597 of the 618 new coronavirus cases on Saturday (April 25), according to an evening update from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Foreign workers not living in dorms made up 12 of the new cases.

There were also nine new cases in the community, including seven Singaporeans and permanent residents.

There were no imported cases reported.

MOH also announced seven new coronavirus clusters, including some dormitories.

They are: Northpoint City, domitories ASPRI-Westlite Papan, Kian Teck Hostel and SCM Tuas Lodge, construction sites at 8 Martin Place and 107 West Coast Vale; and 21 Defu South Street 1.

Singapore's largest active cluster remains S11 Dormitory@ Punggol, which has confirmed over 2,000 cases.

With Saturday's figures, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore stands at 12,693.

About 3 per cent of the 323,000 foreign workers living in dormitories have tested positive, putting the spotlight on their living conditions in these dormitories.

The MOH had said that it picked up many more cases in dormitories because of extensive testing. Most of these cases have a mild illness and are being monitored in community isolation facilities or the general wards of hospitals.

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