The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 573 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore as of 12 pm on May 4. This takes the country’s tally of infections to 18,778.
The majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories and five are Singapore citizens or permanent residents. The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 20 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 9 per day in the past week.
There were no imported cases.
MOH added in its statement that there had been no more cases linked to Little Gems Preschool (3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62) and the dormitory at 55 Sungei Kadut Loop for the past two incubation periods. These two clusters have now been closed.
There have been 18 deaths in Singapore from the novel coronavirus, with the latest reported on Sunday - an 86-year-old Singaporean woman with a history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.
MOH also said on Sunday that the number of cases have been fluctuating due to backlogged cases being cleared by a laboratory.