518 new COVID-19 cases on May 31, two are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 518 new cases of COVID-19 infection as of 12pm on May 31, bringing the national tally to 34,884. 

Majority of the cases continue to be among Work Permit holders residing in dormitories, due to extensive testing in these premises. 

Two of the new cases are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents, and are currently unlinked. 

MOH said in its press statement that the number of new cases in the local community has decreased, from an average of 6 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 4 per day in the past week.

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@sporeMOH
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@sporeMOH

In addition, the ministry has also been conducting surveillance tests in nursing homes so as to detect any infections in the homes as early as possible. One round of surveillance swab tests for all nursing home staff and residents had been conducted on May 8 and 30 respectively.

Out of about 13,200 residents who were tested, all results were negative except for four residents of Orange Valley Nursing Home, as announced on May 21. Out of about 9,000 nursing home staff, only one from Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio had tested positive, as announced on May  8.