Singapore reports 120 new COVID-19 cases on April 5, quarantines 20,000 foreign workers

Singapore reported 120 additional cases of COID-19 infection as of 12pm on April 5, of which 116 are local cases with no recent travel history. The remaining four are imported cases.

Of the local cases, 39 are Singapore citizens or permanent residents, and 76 are long-term work pass holders. 

Ministry of Health (MOH) said it has established links to existing clusters for 50 cases. Contact tracing is ongoing for the remaining 66 cases.

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

Two foreign worker dormitories – S11 Dormitory @ Punggol and Westlite in Toh Guan – have been identified as isolation areas, according to reports. Around 20,000 w0rkers at the two dormitories, which have seen large numbers of infected cases, will be quarantined in their rooms for the next 14 days.

Measures will be taken to minimise interaction of workers in other dormitories. The workers will not be allowed to intermingle between different blocks and floors at dormitories; and meal and recreation times will be staggered.

Meanwhile, 23 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 320 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.