5 other cases of COVID-19 linked to the TTSH cluster, 12 new infections imported

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SINGAPORE: Five new community cases were among the 17 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore on Tuesday May 4 at noon, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

All of the cases were detected during proactive testing of patients, visitors and staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) or their close contacts, and had previously been placed in quarantine, the ministry said.

The remaining 12 cases were imported and put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore, the ministry said in its preliminary daily update.

No new cases were reported in the dormitories of migrant workers.

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Details of the new cases will be released Tuesday evening, the health ministry said.

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All Singapore hospitals have been asked to postpone elective surgeries and admissions to conserve health sector resources in the face of an increase in cases in the community and TTSH, the Department of Health 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 treated.

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“The healthcare community has also worked together to reserve more beds to handle any potential increase in COVID-19 cases,” he said, adding that hospitals had also been asked to postpone appointments. you are elective in specialized outpatient clinics.

Senior State Minister for Health Koh Poh Koon has assured that no hospital is denying medical care to patients who need it, although they may impose stricter criteria on visitors.

Wait times could also be longer as other hospitals rally to support TTSH, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

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“To all of our TTSH staff, thank you for your hard work and efforts to continue to care for your patients, despite the difficult circumstances you face,” said Dr Koh.

Singapore reported a total of 61,252 COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths from the disease on Tuesday.

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