Singapore reports 407 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 407 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, taking the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 40,604.

The new cases include nine in the community – four are Singaporeans or permanent residents and five are work pass holders.

The remaining cases are work permit holders living in dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its preliminary daily update.

On Saturday, MoH reported that a 73-year-old Singaporean man linked to the cluster at SAFRA Jurong died from complications due to COVID-19 on Friday.

He had a history of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and chronic kidney disease, and tested positive for the coronavirus on March 9. He was warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

He was the 26th person to die in Singapore from the coronavirus.

Singapore-based company Tychan is set to start human clinical trials this week for a treatment that could slow down the progression of COVID-19 in patients.

The treatment could also help patients recover faster and provide temporary protection against the coronavirus, the company said.

The tech firm announced last week that it received approval from the Health Sciences Authority to begin phase one of a clinical safety trial in healthy volunteers.

Commuters alighting at Raffles Place MRT station during morning rush hour on the first day of Phase 1 post circuit-breaker. PHOTO: CNA