5 more COVID-19 cases involving TTSH cluster, 12 new imported infections

    Singapore: According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), on Tuesday (May 4), five new community cases were reported in Singapore among 17 new COVID-19 infections.

    The ministry said that all the cases were traced through active trials of patients, visitors and staff members at Tan Talk Seng Hospital (TTSH) and were already placed under quarantine.

    The ministry said in its initial daily update that the remaining 12 cases were imported and reported to be at home upon arrival in Singapore.

    No new cases were registered in the dormitory of migrant workers.

    Details of the new cases will be released on Tuesday night, the MOH said.

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    The MOH said that all hospitals in Singapore have been asked to stop non-essential surgeries and admissions in order to conserve resources in the health sector and increase cases in TTSH, the MOH said on Monday.

    The ministry said it is working closely with all public and private hospitals to ensure that patients in need of care will continue to be involved.

    “The healthcare community has worked together to reserve more beds to manage any possible increase in COVID-19 cases,” it said, adding that hospitals also postpone non-urgent specialist outpatient clinic appointments. Has been asked to do.

    Senior Minister of State for Health Koh Pon Koon assured that no hospital is denying medical care to patients who need it, although they can apply strict criteria for visitors.

    Other hospitals may have to wait as long as the move to support TTSH, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

    Dr. Koh said, “To all our TTSH staff, thank you for your hard work and continued efforts to care for your patients who are facing you, despite the challenging circumstances”.

    As of Tuesday, there have been a total of 61,252 COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths from the disease in Singapore.

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