Number of new Covid-19 community cases in S'pore has dropped but unlinked cases on the rise

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Zhangxin Zheng | May 12, 2021, 10:37 AM

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The number of new Covid-19 cases found in the community has dropped significantly in the past week.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on May 11, the number of new community cases has decreased from 63 cases in the week before to 40 cases in the past week.

However, this does not mean we can let our guard down.

Unlinked cases

The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from nine cases in the week before to 12 cases in the past week, MOH added.

Of the 13 community cases reported on May 11, four cases did not seek medical treatment promptly despite having symptoms.

Among these four cases, two were unlinked.

These symptoms can be mild such as cough, sore throat and runny nose and/or fever and loss of taste or smell.

MOH has a nifty Covid-19 symptom checker which you can use should you exhibit these symptoms but aren't sure what to do next.

On the "knife's edge"

In Parliament on May 11, co-chair of Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) Lawrence Wong said that the next few weeks are a crucial time for Singapore.

"I think it's very important for us to understand that we are now on the knife's edge, and our community cases can go either way," he said.

Wong said Singapore has a chance of getting things under control by "the end of the month", but also emphasised that it only takes one lapse or an irresponsible action for the infection to spread.

Earlier on May 4, the MTF announced tighter community measures, which will last from May 8 to May 30, in light of a spike in community cases and the emergence of new virus variants.

These measures include reducing maximum group sizes from eight to five, bringing forward TraceTogether-only SafeEntry to May 17, and closing indoor gyms and fitness studios.

Graphic by Tan Guan Zhen and Rei Chong.

Top image by Zheng Zhangxin