Lest you didn’t yet know, prior to today’s report, three healthcare workers who have been deployed to the community care facility at Singapore Expo have been tested positive for COVID-19.
On 2 May, a 34-year-old nurse was tested positive for the coronavirus.
On 4 May, a 52-year-old Singaporean healthcare volunteer at the community isolation facility was confirmed to be infected.
On 5 May, a 20-year-old male nurse deployed to Singapore Expo was also tested positive.
And today, it’s reported that a 43-year-old man who works as a radiographer at the community care facility at Singapore Expo has been tested positive as well, and is now being warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
He’s not the only healthcare worker who’s reported positive today; a 33-year-old woman, who works as a healthcare assistant in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive yesterday.
And lest you’ve followed the Singapore States Times Facebook Page and blindly believed what was written there, Mindef has come out to clarify that the 20-year-old nurse who was tested positive on 4 May is not an NSF.
Today, six new clusters were found: 5 Sixth Lok Yang Road, 98 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, Sungei Kadut Avenue, 5 Tech Park Crescent, 3 Tuas Drive 1 and 52 Tuas View Square.
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There is a total of 7 cases in the community today, with 5 being Singaporeans or Singapore PRs and 2 being work pass holders.
The number of infected work permit holders residing outside dormitories today is 9.
More Than 66 Healthcare Workers & Support Staff Have Been Infected as of 26 April 2020
According to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, 66 healthcare workers and support staff were infected as of 26 Apr 2020.
Of the 66, 46 of them had direct contact with Covid-19 patients.
He went on to say that after investigations, it was deemed that these healthcare staffs were not infected “in the line of duty”, except for one case “in a private institute” where they cannot “rule out” the possibility of a doctor being infected by a Covid-19 patient.
He added that “many were imported cases, cases due to household transmission, or linked to church clusters”.
Nonetheless, the ministry will “take good care” of the healthcare workers and staff:
“Nevertheless, in the event that our healthcare workers fall sick, we will ensure that they are well taken care of.
Under such unfortunate circumstances, our institutions stay in touch with infected healthcare workers to check-in on their general well-being.”
Healthcare workers and staff, he adds, are taking the extra careful precautions to protect themselves when going about their duties.
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