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Covid-19: 120 new cases in highest daily spike of infections; including 32 linked to workers’ dormitories in Punggol and Toh Guan

SINGAPORE — Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday (April 5) announced 120 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore, bringing the total number of infections here to 1,309.

The police and medical personnel were seen at the entrance of Westlite Toh Guan dormitory at Block 28, Toh Guan Road East, as workers return for the day on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The police and medical personnel were seen at the entrance of Westlite Toh Guan dormitory at Block 28, Toh Guan Road East, as workers return for the day on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

SINGAPORE — Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday (April 5) announced 120 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore, bringing the total number of infections here to 1,309.

It is the highest single-day spike of infections, the previous high being the 75 that were reported on Saturday. It is also the first time the daily number of newly reported cases has crossed the 100-mark.

Of the new cases, four were imported cases.

Of the remaining 116 local infections, 76 are long-term pass holders — with “significant numbers” related to the S11 Dormitory in Punggol and Westlite Toh Guan dormitory near Jurong East, Mr Gan said.

The two dormitories have been gazetted as “isolation areas”, Mr Gan said at a briefing by the multi-ministry task force that is overseeing the Covid-19 crisis.

“Additional control measures have been implemented to reduce the risk of further transmission of the disease. This will help to keep the workers safe, as well as protect the wider community,” said Mr Gan.

Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, director of medical services at the Ministry of Health, said that as of Sunday, provisional figures showed that there were 22 new cases at the S11 Dormitory in Punggol and 10 more infections at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory near Jurong East.

“This reflects emerging clusters of cases (at the) dormitories, particularly in the S11 Dormitory,” said Assoc Prof Mak.

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