Tan Tock Seng Hospital is currently the largest of eight active COVID-19 clusters.
On Apr 29, 16 out of the 35 new COVID-19 infectious cases reported in Singapore were community cases.
This makes the highest number of community cases in the country since July 2020’s 24 community cases.
Among the new cases are three staff members from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), including a nurse, doctor, and healthcare assistant trainee, and six patients in Ward 9D tested positive. This makes TTSH the largest active cluster currently and Singapore’s first COVID-19 hospital cluster.
TTSH has since locked down Ward 9D and Ward 7D, as one of the cases had transferred from there.
“All close contacts of the cases, including patients, visitors and staff who have been in the affected wards, will also be placed on quarantine,” announced the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Taking precautionary measures, all patients and staff members in other TTSH wards will also be tested for COVID-19, including those who are asymptomatic.
Visitation has also been put on halt until further notice to manage the spread of the virus. However, patients can still be admitted into the hospital.
“Please be informed that no visitors will be allowed into our wards until further notice,” said the hospital in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“These are necessary measures to contain the situation and protect our patients and staff. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding.”
In addition, several malls have been added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period, including Junction 8, VivoCity, Bugis Junction, and Ang Mo Kio Hub.
A number of them are near central Singapore – Shaw House, Orchard Central, 111 Somerset and 313 Somerset.
Six mosques around Singapore have also been closed for deep-cleaning and disinfection after being visited by positive COVID-19 cases.
The mosques are: Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang in Sembawang, Masjid Abdul Hamid Kampung Pasiran in Novena, Masjid Hajjah Fatimah at Beach Road, Masjid Al-Falah in Orchard, Masjid Yusof Ishak in Woodlands and Masjid Al-Iman in Bukit Panjang.
Services will resume on Friday.
The full list of the new locations, date and time visited by infected COVID-19 cases is as follows:
The list excludes residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities and public transport.
Those identified as close contacts to the infected patients have already been notified by MOH.
If you were at any of the locations during the specified timings, you should monitor your health closely for 14 days from your date of visit as a precautionary measure, as advised by MOH.
As always, let us stay diligent and continue adhering to safe distancing measures.
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