SINGAPORE – Singapore plans to test all 16,000 aged residents of its nursing properties for the coronavirus over the approaching weeks, because it edges in the direction of exiting a nationwide lockdown subsequent month.
The town-state recorded 768 new coronavirus on Friday, taking its whole infections to 21,707 – one of many highest charges in Asia largely due to mass outbreaks amongst a younger inhabitants of low-paid migrant laborers residing in crowded dormitories.
It has recorded solely 20 deaths from the virus, with the bulk being over the age of 60. 4 of the deaths have been residents of nursing properties.
“Now we have not seen widespread COVID-19 outbreaks in our nursing properties regionally however we can’t let our guard down,” well being minister Gan Kim Yong mentioned on the announcement of the testing plan on Friday.
“We anticipate that extra instances shall be recognized inside our nursing properties with this in depth testing in progress.”
Underneath lockdown guidelines to curb the virus due to final till June 1, Singapore residents can solely depart their properties for important journeys like grocery buying and should put on a masks in public. Breaches may end up in hefty fines or jail.
Gan mentioned exams at all the nursing properties could be accomplished by early June, whereas an additional 9,000 employees working on the properties have already been examined. Some 2,600 nursing home employees are additionally being moved into inns to decrease the chance of an infection, he added.
Singapore, which already has one of many highest testing charges on the earth at 2,500 exams per 100,000 folks, mentioned earlier this week mentioned it was planning a 500 % enhance in its virus-testing capability.