Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is today reopening Ward 9D – the epicentre of its Covid-19 outbreak – with a suite of enhanced measures to better protect its patients and staff.
Another locked-down ward, 9C, will also be open for admissions from today. Wards 7D and 10B have already reopened for admissions.
Investigations into the cause of Covid-19 transmission within the hospital are ongoing, TTSH said.
Singapore’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak had said on Tuesday that the authorities are investigating the possibility of airborne transmission within the hospital, pointing to reports that suggest a stronger possibility of airborne transmission in certain settings, particularly closed environments with limited airflow and poor ventilation.
To allow for better ventilation and air purification, TTSH has installed exhaust fans and portable high-efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filters in Ward 9D, a C-class ward.
These will be installed in all TTSH wards by tomorrow.