86-year-old S'porean woman dies of Covid-19, the 18th death here; 6 new clusters found

An 86-year-old Singaporean woman has died at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital from complications due to Covid-19.
An 86-year-old Singaporean woman has died at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital from complications due to Covid-19.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Health Ministry (MOH) confirmed 657 new Covid-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (May 3), bringing the total number in Singapore to 18,205.

An 86-year-old Singaporean woman has died from complications due to Covid-19 on Sunday, added MOH. This brings the death toll here to 18.

She was confirmed to have the infection on April 27, and had a history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has contacted her family and is extending assistance to them, added MOH.

There were also six new clusters identified. These are at NCS Hub in 5 Ang Mo Kio Street 62, 16 Fan Yoong Road, 15 Gul Way, 23 Sungei Kadut Street 2, 9A Tech Park Crescent, and 64 Woodlands Industrial Park E9.

A cluster at Maxwell MRT station has been closed after no new cases were linked to it for 28 days.

Work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories make up 626 of the new cases.

Of the local cases outside dormitories, 10 are Singaporeans or permanent residents, and three are work pass holders. There were no imported cases.

One of the new cases is a 34-year-old Singaporean nurse from the Health Promotion Board working at the Singapore Expo community care facility.

She did not travel to countries or regions affected by the coronavirus recently, and has not gone to work since she had symptoms.

MOH said she was confirmed to have Covid-19 on Saturday and is now warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

 
 
 

A total of 61 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of those who have fully recovered to 1,408.

Currently, there are 1,630 confirmed cases still in hospital with 22 in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Community isolation facilities have another 15,149 cases.

Earlier on Sunday, MOH said the number of migrant worker cases has been fluctuating in recent days as a laboratory was clearing backlogged cases.

The ministry added it is working with the laboratory to stabilise its operations.

This is the tenth day in a row where new daily infections fell below 1,000, with local cases excluding those in dormitories remaining low.

Of the new cases, 87 per cent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing, said MOH.

New local cases excluding those in dormitories and other work permit holders have dropped to a daily average of 11 the past week, from 21 the week before.

The average number of such cases that are unlinked daily have also decreased to five from 13, over the same periods.

 
 
 

In the past week, from April 26 to May 2, MOH has uncovered links for 821 previously unlinked cases.

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said earlier on Sunday that precautions will be taken to keep students safe as they are allowed back to school from May 19. But attendance will not be compulsory.

On Saturday, the multi-ministry coronavirus task force said some businesses like barbers, home-based bakers and laundry services will be allowed to resume operating on May 12.