Singapore’s COVID-19 cases rise past 20,000 with 788 new infections

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 788 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, taking the country’s total to 20,198.

The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update of preliminary figures.
Eleven cases are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

More than four weeks have passed since Singapore rolled out elevated safe distancing measures as part of a “circuit breaker” period to fight the novel coronavirus.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Singapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong laid out some factors which would have to be considered before these measures are lifted.

This includes having the number of daily community cases falling to zero or single digits over a sustained period of time.

There also needs to be a fall in the number of migrant worker cases, said the minister. The majority of Singapore’s COVID-19 cases are work permit holders living in dormitories.