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SINGAPORE: Three community cases were among 23 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore at noon on Wednesday (April 28).

The remaining 20 cases were imported and were put on formal notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary daily update.

No cases have been reported in the dormitories of migrant workers.

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

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NEW CLUSTER AT DORMITORY WESTLITE WOODLANDS

Five cases of COVID-19 that are “probable” re-infections were discovered in the dormitory in Westlite Woodlands, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.

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The five cases occupied the same room in the dormitory with cases 62181 and 62225, residents who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, forming a new cluster.

The five men are among 24 recovered workers who tested positive for the coronavirus under special testing operations for residents of Westlite Woodlands dormitories.

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The ministry said 11 of the 24 cases were assessed as shedding virus fragments. Two of them are negative on re-examination while the other six cases are awaiting assessment by a panel of experts.

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The tests were carried out as part of the investigations into case 62181, which tested positive for COVID-19 on April 19.

The workers were not included in the new Tuesday case numbers.

PRE-EMPTIVE TESTS IN DORMITORIES, SITE

Preventive testing for COVID-19 is underway in dormitories and construction sites after the Westlite Woodlands Dormitory cluster was reported, the Department of Manpower said on Wednesday.

More than 5,500 workers were tested between April 23 and April 26.

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These tests are in addition to the routine tests performed on dormitory residents every two weeks. Workers who have recovered from COVID-19 and those who have never been infected are included.

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Movement restrictions or quarantines may also be imposed on a dormitory if a few workers there test positive for COVID-19, MOM said.

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He added that this precaution is only necessary for the duration of the evaluation and will be lifted once the tests are completed.

Workers can still access common facilities and recreation centers in dormitories, with regulations in place to prevent residents from mixing. However, movement between the dormitory blocks is not authorized and security management measures have been reinforced.

Singapore reported a total of 61,086 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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