COVID-19 cases in Singapore cross 21,000-mark with 768 new infections on May 8

 The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 768 new cases of COVID-19 as of 12 pm on May 8, taking Singapore’s tally of infections to 21,707.  

Of the new cases, 93% are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

MOH said in a press statement that the vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, while 10 are Singaporeans or permanent residents. 

The number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 12 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 per day in the past week. 

Photo courtesy: NCID
Photo courtesy: NCID

On May 7, MOH had announced that a fourth public healthcare professional, who was deployed at the Singapore Expo community care facility, tested positive for the virus.  

Additionally, six new clusters were also identified. These are – 5 Sixth Lok Yang Road, 98 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, Sungei Kadut Avenue, 5 Tech Park Crescent, 3 Tuas Drive 1 and 52 Tuas View Square.

Three clusters – Dover Court International School (301 Dover Road), ICA Building (10 Kallang Road) and Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home (1 Thomson Lane) – are now closed as there have been no more cases linked to them in the past two incubation periods (28 days). 

Singapore’s circuit breaker measures are due to be eased from June 1, with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong earlier this week laying out the conditions that must be met for the measures to be lifted entirely.