570 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on May 20, total infections cross 29,000

The Ministry of Health reported 570 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of 12 pm on May 20. This takes the national tally of infections to 29,364. 

Of the new cases, a vast majority are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. 99 per cent are linked to known clusters. 

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

Eight cases were reported in the local community; two of which are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents. One of them is a Work Pass holder, and the remaining five are Work Permit holders. Of the 5 cases involving Work Permit holders, 2 had been identified as contacts of earlier confirmed cases, and had already been placed on quarantine, MOH said. 

The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 8 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 5 per day in the past week. 

The government announced on Tuesday that Singapore’s circuit breaker will be lifted from June 1 in three phases as the number of community cases were low. 

MOH reported on Tuesday that a total of over 10,000 recovered patients have been discharged so far with just 10 patients in a critical condition – the lowest since the start of the circuit breaker.