Singaporean woman who went to work at childcare centre in Tampines among new Covid-19 cases

The 33-year-old woman worked at Iman Childcare (Tampines). ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - A childcare centre employee was among three Singaporeans confirmed to have Covid-19 on Sunday (May 24).

The 33-year-old woman worked at Iman Childcare (Tampines) and was one of 548 new coronavirus cases confirmed by the Health Ministry (MOH), bringing the total count to 31,616.

She was confirmed to have the virus on Saturday after she began showing symptoms on the same day.

The other case is a 55-year-old man who went to work at the SSKBJV Dormitory after the onset of his symptoms on May 17. He tested positive on Saturday.

The third Singaporean is a 35-year-old woman who is a household contact of a 37-year-old man linked to the CDPL Tuas Dormitory, a cluster that now has 687 confirmed cases.

Of the 548 new cases, 544 were work permit holders in dormitories while three were Singaporeans and permanent residents.

One of the new cases was a work permit holder outside the dormitories, and there were no imported cases. Of the new cases, 99 per cent are linked to known clusters.

No new cluster was confirmed on Sunday, while a cluster at Strand Hotel in Bencoolen Street has been closed as there were no new cases linked to the hotel for 28 days, or two incubation periods.

The average number of new daily community cases has risen to six in the past week from five the week before.

The daily averages for unlinked community cases have remained stable at an average of two per day for the last two weeks.

The number of Covid-19 patients discharged daily has exceeded new patients in the past fortnight, with 994 more discharged from hospitals and community facilities on Sunday.

This means 14,867 have fully recovered from the disease.

Of the 690 still in hospital, eight are in critical condition in intensive care.

On Saturday, the number of community cases - which excludes those in dormitories - edged up to 11. Two of the cases work at pre-schools.

Pre-school staff are being actively screened for Covid-19 ahead of the centres' reopening in phases starting from June 2, the authorities said, with 99 per cent of those tested - about 15,300 - found negative.

MOH said this is partly due to active surveillance and screening of nursing home residents and pre-school staff.

To date, Singapore has seen 23 deaths from Covid-19 while nine who tested positive died from other causes.

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