Gan Kim Yong

Barely a day after Health Minister Gan Kim Yong declared the coronavirus situation is under control, Singapore yesterday saw 143 new cases popped up in a day. The total cases jumped to 1,623 with Singapore likely to see its 2,000th case by end of this week if the weekly trend continues.

A 32 year old Indian national died at his rented home before receiving his test result. He did a swab test at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases two days ago and waited at home. The Ministry of Health covered up the details of his death and only said he did not have pneumonia.

A further 40 cases were found from the existing dormitory clusters, while 72 cases have no links to existing clusters. This number of unlinked cases have tripled from 24 from the previous day.

More than 25,000 are now under quarantine, including 19,800 foreign workers.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday also enforced a new rule banning gatherings and events in both private and public spaces.