Bangkok (People's Daily) - Singapore reported 675 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 25,346, said its Ministry of Health.
A barber wearing a face mask as a prevention measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus attends to a customer at a hair salon, after they reopened as restrictions to contain the outbreak were relaxed, in Singapore on May 12, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
Most of the new cases were foreign workers. Two cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
3,851 patients have recovered from the infection. Twenty patients are in critical condition. And 21 deaths have been reported.
By the end of May, about 20,000 workers will be discharged from care facilities, and more will be expected to recover next month and be ready to resume work, said National Development Minister of Singapore Lawrence Wong.
Singapore is also in talks with other countries on whether travel restrictions can be lifted with safeguards in place. The infection rates in countries, the types of precautions in place, the effectiveness of infection control and safe distancing measures, as well as the countries’ testing regimes will also be taken into consideration, said Wong.
Singapore announced on Mar 22 that it would not allow short-term visitors to enter or transit through the country in view of the heightened risk of imported COVID-19 cases then.