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17 new COVID cases in Singapore, 5 linked to TTSH cluster

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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (4 May) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,252.

Of them, five are local cases in the community, all of whom were "detected from our proactive testing of patients, visitors and staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) or their close contacts, and had already been placed on quarantine", said the MOH.

This brings the total number of cases linked to the TTSH cluster to 40, including one fatality. An 88-year-old patient who stayed at the hospital's Ward 9D died due to complications from COVID-19 on Saturday.

The remaining 12 are imported. Tuesday marks the ninth consecutive day with local cases reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, the TTSH said in a Facebook post that it will cease admitting new patients.

This story will be updated later.

The MOH said on Monday that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 10 in the week before to 60 in the past week, the ministry said on Monday.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from four in the week before to 10 in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 20 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 60,806 cases – or 99.3 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 131 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 267 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the31 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Among the 184 confirmed cases reported from 27 April to 3 May, 52 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 105 have tested negative, and 27 serology test results are pending.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 10 cases in the week before to 60 cases in the past week, the ministry said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from four cases in the week before to 10 cases in the past week.

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